White fillings, also known as composite resin fillings, are used to repair your tooth after a cavity is removed, just like silver amalgam fillings. The difference is that white fillings are matched to the color of your teeth and are virtually invisible. They are therefore great for patients who want to enhance their cosmetic appearance by ridding their mouths of unsightly silver fillings. The publicized possible dangers associated with amalgam fillings (mercury) have also contributed to the new popularity of the beautifully white, tooth-colored fillings. White fillings will last longer if its owner practices great oral hygiene habits including daily brushing and flossing but they still do wear out over time and will eventually need to be replaced. A filling will need to be replaced earlier if it falls out, leaks or cracks.


What is the latest thought on Silver Amalgam Fillings?

Silver amalgam fillings contain about 50 percent mercury, a chemical that has been scientifically shown to be more toxic than lead, cadmium, or arsenic. The possibility of mercury leaking from amalgam fillings over time has prompted a movement toward mercury-free dentistry. The mercury in silver amalgam fillings is thought to leave the filling and enter the organs of the body in small amounts throughout life. Although it is still not clear or proven how dangerous these gray fillings can be for our health, some medical practitioners believe this mercury is causing physical and psychological problems in patients. These include neurodegenerative diseases, birth defects, and mental disorders. The debate is ongoing but how many patients are opting to remove their amalgam fillings in order to improve their appearance and ease their minds.