Metal fillings are not made from silver, although they are silver in color. They are instead made up of an alloy which includes mercury. Although the amount of mercury in silver amalgam is considered safe by the FDA, waste from metal fillings can contaminate groundwater and have potential negative effects on the environment. In addition, many people feel uncomfortable with the thought of having mercury in their mouth, no matter how small the amount.
Plus, silver fillings have a tendency to tarnish, which darkens the color even further and can even lead to discoloration of the entire tooth.
If you are unhappy with your metal fillings for any reason, contact us to discuss replacing them. Removal of metal and replacement with natural looking composite resin is a safe and popular procedure for men and women who had silver fillings placed in the past.