Tooth-colored fillings are less noticeable than their metal alternatives. This alone is reason enough for some people to prefer white fillings over the traditional amalgam option.
Tooth Colored Fillings
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Mercury, also known as quicksilver, is a chemical element most commonly extracted from the cinnabar rock (ore). Used in items as diverse as thermometers, float valves in toilets and water tanks, and fluorescent lights, mercury can also be found in traditional amalgam dental fillings.
Metal dental fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, were the standard in dentistry for decades. Inexpensive, mostly effective, and fairly durable, these fillings are likely in the mouths of most adult women and men who had fillings placed even as recently as five or ten years ago.
But should metal fillings be replaced? Is removing amalgam fillings a good idea?