Scottsdale Dentist: Composite Vs. Amalgam Fillings

Fillings are one of the most common procedures to help remove decay on teeth and build teeth back up to their best health and strength. Dentistry has evolved over the years, offering two main material options for fillings: composite or amalgam. Composite filling material is composed of plastic and composite resin and amalgam fillings are composed of a metal mixture. Both materials are effective and safe in the mouth, unlike what you may have heard about amalgam fillings. The only adversity regarding amalgam material is that it is composed of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper, which when old and leaky, can present itself as a toxin to your body. However, when an existing amalgam filling is in good condition or a new amalgam filling is placed, they are safe and shouldn’t worry the patient. Composite fillings are more esthetic, matching tooth shades. Both options for fillings are sound and safety approved.