We came across a very interesting story in the Chicago Tribune about the dental industry moving away from amalgam fillings. The main concern is that mercury is a serious pollutant when it returns to the environment. Other experts, however, believe the mercury in the fillings can make some people ill.

A comparison between silver/mercury amalgam fillings and composite fillings.

At LakeHarbor Dental, we don’t use mercury fillings, mainly because of looks – we think they are unsightly compared to composites, which mimic the natural color of teeth. Also, you have to remove excess tooth to put in amalgam fillings, which weakens the tooth and puts it at greater risk of cracking and breaking. Amalgam fillings are certainly effective and safe but there are better alternatives now.