Amalgam Fillings are made with a powder containing 70% Silver (Ag), 20% Tin (Sn), 10% Copper (Cu) and <1% Zinc (Zn) Cu. It has been used for many years by dentists since it has advantages such as its durability, pressure resistance and longevity. However, because they do not have an aesthetic appearance, it is not preferred to use in the front region teeth.
The discussions about the amalgam fillings adversely affect human health are constantly on our agenda. The main source of these discussions is heavy metals, especially mercury, which is present in 53%.
However, there is no documented evidence that the mercury contained in the amalgam filler has toxic effects.
By evaporation, eating, drinking, chewing and brushing, a small amount of mercury is continuously released into the body. However, in many studies, it was found that the greatest toxic effect of the amalgam fillings present on removal of amalgam fillings rather than making or using them. Therefore, amalgam fillings must be removed under special conditions.
In our clinic, we pay high attention to removal of amalgam fillings.
When removing amalgam fillings, we take great care to protect our patients. When removing the amalgam filler, even a piece of dust does not swallowed with the use of "Rubber Dam", which is similar to a rubber cover. Disposable special equipments and special aspirators are used to safely remove the amalgam filling.
You don't have to worry about the amalgam fillings in your mouth. It is important, however, to implement the above methods when disassembly is required. More than that, there is no need for operations as exaggerated in the media.
For new fillings, white composite or porcelain fillings (onlay-inlay) should be preferred. In particular, we do not recommend pregnant or breastfeeding women, kidney patients and children under the age of 6 to undergo amalgam filling.