Silver amalgam fillings have been used in dozens of countries around the world for over a century.
Amalgam is a very well tolerated material and has been amazingly successful over this period of time.
There have been some concerns raised in recent years about the safety of amalgam, since it contains mercury. However there is no independent authorative evidence to suggest that there is a link between silver fillings and mercury toxicity. This is despite the fact that there are millions of amalgam fillings in the UK alone, and that these have been present in some cases for many decades.
Having said that, I still prefer to use non mercury fillings where they are suitable, however this is not always possible and I personally adopt a common sense approach to the issue. If a white filling can be used I will use it, but if for clinical reasons it is not suitable I will use amalgam. This is the same rationale I apply to myself if ever I need one of my fillings replacing.
If you feel strongly about this matter please discuss it with us and we will try to come to a treatment plan which will accomodate your concerns. This however may involve using porcelain or gold inlays
instead of a simple filling, where necessary.