Dental Amalgam

When you go to your dental appointment, the last thing you want to hear is that you have cavities. Cavities mean that you have to spend more time in the dental office, that you may have to change your dental hygiene habits, and that your teeth aren’t as healthy as you thought.

Fortunately, if you treat and fill cavities early enough, you can prevent further damage and avoid more extensive dental work.

At Dental Associates, PC in Des Moines, IA, we provide patients with amalgam fillings that protect their teeth from more decay after a cavity. Meet with one of our dentists to explore your options.

What Are Amalgam Fillings?

Amalgam dental fillings, also known as silver fillings, are compounds of mercury, silver, tin, and copper that fit into the crevices of a cavity and seal it effectively. Amalgam fillings have an estimated lifetime of 10 to 12 years. Other fillings only last for half the time. Amalgam fillings are also more affordable than other options and easily resist bacteria, which helps prevent further cavities. 

Is Amalgam Safe?

Because amalgam contains a small amount of mercury, many people worry about its safety. Mercury is a metal that stays in liquid form at low temperatures. When combined with other ingredients, mercury makes amalgam fillings malleable enough to fit into a cavity.

Although large quantities of mercury are dangerous to humans, amalgam only contains a small amount of mercury and has been ruled safe by the FDA. The average person is exposed to more mercury from food than from an amalgam filling.

At Dental Associates, PC, we take care to ensure the safety of all patients. Let us walk through your options for dental fillings so you can choose the option that best reflects your budget and your oral health needs. Call West Des Moines Office Phone Number 515-225-6742 today to set up an appointment with one of our dentists.