Dental Amalgam (silver fillings) have been a commonly used dental filling that has been used for over 150 years. It is a mixture of mercury with at least one other metal.
Dental amalgam is still deemed safe by the American Dental Association on Scientific Affairs.
However, due to the inclusion of mercury, and many groups concerned with possible health risks associated with mercury, we have made a personal choice to eliminate mercury containing fillings in our office. There are many other choices available to restore teeth today that can be done well and without controversy, such as composite (white) fillings and ceramic inlays, onlays and crowns.
That being said, we do not recommend removing existing amalgam restorations unless they are failing and compromising the health of the tooth, or you request replacement to get a more desireable appearance.
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.