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The Link Between Amalgam Fillings and Cancer

Posted in Fillings

Are amalgam (“metal” or “silver”) fillings linked with cancer? It’s important to have the information you need to make a smart decision about your restorative needs.

Why The Issue Comes Up

Amalgam fillings are a combination of metals such as silver, tin, copper, and mercury. People have worried for a long time that traces of mercury are released over time.

Mercury poisoning is a legitimate concern. Exposure to the element can cause problems to developing babies, small children, and the immune system, nervous system, eyes, kidneys, and skin of adults. There many other possible complications.

What the Facts Show

The bottom line is that there is too little mercury in dental fillings to have an effect. You are at far greater risk of mercury poisoning by eating seafood that contains high levels of the element.

The FDA has stated that metal fillings safe for people ages 6 and up. And the ADA (American Dental Association) states that there is no risk of cancer from mercury in amalgam fillings.

Would you like to check with the cancer experts? The ACS (American Cancer Society) also says that there is no scientifically measurable link between metal fillings and cancer of any kind.

Should You Be Worried?

Not necessarily. It’s up to you to make a decision you’re comfortable with!

Some folks like metal fillings for being faster, cheaper, and stronger. Others prefer the peace of mind they get from metal-free white fillings which are gradually phasing out metal fillings, anyway. Talk with your dentist about which restoration is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Mendota Springs Dentistry
6317 McKee Rd #500
Fitchurg, WI 53719
(608) 957-7709

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