Ask a Dentist: Should I Have My Silver Fillings Replaced?

silver fillings Garner, NC

Silver fillings have been a controversial topic within dentistry. More general dentists are contemplating whether or not they should remove and replace their patients' silver fillings. Ultimately, it’s a good idea to consult with a general dentist about this concern so that they can evaluate and help decide what’s best for the patient’s mouth. 

In this article, we discuss silver fillings and why they are raising concerns. Some people are curious as to whether or not they should have them replaced with a more modern material. This information may be helpful to someone who isn’t sure what to do with their silver fillings.

Ask a dentist: should I have silver fillings replaced?

Below, we outline what a general dentist may have to say about silver fillings being removed and replaced. Keep reading to find out more!

Here’s why you should

The argument of having silver fillings removed and replaced originated from studies that showed a harmful chemical makeup within the materials used for silver fillings. Amalgam is made up of mercury and metal alloys, which has been said to release harmful toxins to the mouth.

Mercury is known to produce harmful toxins that can cause illnesses. Some general dentists recommend that their patients should opt for removal and replacement, as a way to reduce the risk of these toxins affecting the body in a negative way.

Silver fillings have been around for ages and a lot of people have them. They have been the standard for fillings for quite some time due to their durability and affordability. However, the idea that they may be producing harmful toxins can be underwhelming for someone who thought their dental restoration would improve their oral health.

Here’s why it may not matter

While some studies state the dangers of silver fillings, others have also shown that the amount of mercury in the makeup isn’t enough to cause any harm. The board of dentistry has stated that silver fillings are safe, however, some general dentists refuse to administer silver fillings that contain amalgam due to the risks associated.

Regardless of the different general dentist's preferences, the dental board does state that there is nothing to fear regarding silver fillings. For years they have been safe and efficient, and the board still maintains that stance.


Ultimately, it is up to the patient to decide what they want. Some patients may feel more comfortable having their silver fillings removed and replaced. It is never a bad idea to take precautions, but if the filling isn’t damaged then it may be unnecessary to have them replaced.

Contact us today!

Want to talk with a general dentist about silver fillings? We can help you. Our team can help you decide what route to take regarding your fillings. Whether you have questions or concerns, give us a call or stop by our office today.

Request an appointment here: or call Charles Ashley Mann, DDS & Associates at (919) 241-1394 for an appointment in our Garner office.

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