Did you know that amalgam and other materials that contain mercury may be harmful to your child’s health? Amalgam is composed of a mixture of metals, including silver, mercury, tin, copper and other trace metals. Mercury may be harmful to your child’s overall health and is released in small amounts into their body through amalgam fillings. At our office, we do not use any materials or products that contain mercury. Composite fillings are one type of mercury-free restoration we offer at our practice.

In addition to containing mercury, amalgam fillings can also eventually lead to tooth fractures and cracks, while composite restorations can actually help to strengthen the tooth structure. Furthermore, composite dental fillings are a more esthetic choice for your child’s smile; while amalgam dental fillings are silver in color, composite fillings are tooth-colored and can be matched to blend in with the smile’s natural appearance.

Our pediatric dentists and team are dedicated to your child’s health and happy to answer any questions you may have about amalgam and mercury. For more information about the benefits of mercury-free dentistry and how we help to protect your child’s oral and overall health, we invite you to call or visit us today. We are always happy to answer your questions!