I heard the fillings put in my teeth have mercury in them. Are the dental materials used here safe?
Dental amalgam or silver fillings contain a mixture of metals such as silver, copper and tin. Mercury is used to bind these materials into a hard, stable and safe substance. Over 100 million Americans have had this safe, affordable and durable material used to restore their teeth. Throughout the past few decades, numerous studies have been conducted by multiple organizations including the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They all continually concede that the scientific evidence supports that an amalgam or silver filling is a valuable, viable and safe choice for dental patients.