Are Amalgam (Silver) Fillings Safe?

Dr. Capati does not agree with the ADA’s position, and he never uses amalgam. Dr. Capati does not wish to expose his patients, staff or himself to any extra mercury. Amalgam expansion can also cause fractures.

According to the ADA, yes. While up to 76% of dentists use silver containing mercury to fill teeth, the ADA also states that studies have failed to find any link between silver containing mercury and any medical disorder.

An amalgam (silver) filling is a blend of copper, silver, tin and zinc, bound together by elemental mercury. Dentists have used this blended metal to fill teeth for more than 100 years. Used to fill teeth for over 100 years, there is recent controversy due to claims that the exposure to the vapor and minute particles from the mercury can cause a variety of health problems.

While studies indicate that there are no measurable health risks to patients who have silver fillings, it’s well known that mercury is a toxic material when a person is exposed to high, unsafe levels.