Mercury has been used in dentistry for a long time. It is fused with another metal to form an amalgam, which is predominantly used to fill cavities. At Future Dental, we altogether avoid the use of mercury or any metals in our dental procedures due to various disadvantages they pose. As an alternative, we use tooth-colored restorations made from porcelain or composite resin.
What are the drawbacks of amalgam restorations?
- Amalgam is a toxic substance as it contains mercury. When applied as a filling to a cavity, it could leak and enter the bloodstream through the dental pulp. This can cause toxic infections.
- Amalgam fillings leave dark patches on the teeth. On the other hand, white fillings can be customized to match the exact color, texture, and translucency of the enamel.
- Metal fillings can expand and contract abnormally when you consume hot or cold foods. This unfavorable property of metal restorations can crack the tooth.