Are silver amalgam fillings safe?

Amalgam fillings have been used in dentistry for hundreds of years and consists of a blend of silver, tin, copper and mercury. Over the years there has been some controversy as to their use and effects on the human body. However, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have the official stance that amalgam fillings are safe, and reviewed studies have failed to show a link between silver fillings and any medical disorder. The mercury in amalgam fillings are bound in such a way that renders it in an inactive form that is safe.

Dentistry for Life is an amalgam free dental practice. This means we only restore teeth with tooth coloured materials such as composite resin, glass ionomer cement, zirconia and porcelain.