The Truth About Silver Fillings: What You Need to Know

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Silver fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, have been used for over 150 years.

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They are made up of a mixture of metals, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury.

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Mercury makes up about 50% of the filling and is used to bind the other metals together.

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There is concern about the potential health risks of mercury exposure from silver fillings.

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Studies have shown that mercury can be released from the fillings and absorbed by the body.

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This can lead to mercury toxicity, which can cause a range of health problems.

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Symptoms of mercury toxicity include headaches, fatigue, muscle weakness, and memory problems.

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The American Dental Association and the FDA maintain that silver fillings are safe.

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However, some experts believe that the risks of silver fillings outweigh the benefits.

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Alternative filling materials, such as composite resin and porcelain, are available.

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These materials are considered safer and more aesthetically pleasing than silver fillings.

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If you have silver fillings and are concerned about their safety, talk to your dentist about your options.

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