Dental amalgam has been in use for over 150 years. It’s one of the oldest materials used in dental care. Amalgam is a mixture of 50% mercury with various metals, including silver. Amalgam fillings are frequently referred to as silver fillings. Many dental schools have trained dentists in the use of amalgam fillings, and many dentists–even recent graduates–still use them.
Many people are concerned about the mercury in amalgam fillings. They want a dentist who does not use amalgam fillings. Dr. Duane Delaune is a New Orleans mercury-free dentist who uses composite fillings.
Advantages of Mercury-Free Composite Fillings
- They bond to the tooth, protecting it and giving it strength. Amalgam fillings just rest on the tooth.
- Teeth are less sensitive to hot and cold than they are with amalgam.
- The color of the fillings can be adjusted to match your teeth, so that they look natural.
- Less removal of the tooth structure is required.