White fillings, also known as composite resin fillings are currently in the process of replacing traditional amalgam fillings as the standard of care. In addition to being formulated to match the natural color of a patient’s teeth, composite resin fillings are safer than amalgam fillings because the amalgam that makes up a traditional dental filling contains small amounts of mercury, which in large amounts is now known to be toxic. Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins at Collins Dental & Aesthetic offer composite resin fillings both as replacements for existing amalgam fillings and when new fillings are required.
In April 2012, the International Academy of Oral and Medical Toxicology and other mercury-opposed plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the FDA demanding that the 2009 decision to declare mercury safe and place in in Class II. Dental practices are required by the Environmental Protection Agency to dispose of unused amalgam in special containers designed for toxic waste that are specially handled to prevent leakage into the soil or water supply, and many found it outrageous that political interests in the FDA still had not adjusted standards to keep this same substance out of the human body.
Composite resin fillings are a viable long lasting alternative to amalgam, and many patients and dental practitioners have been moving toward the use of composite resin in lieu of amalgam fillings despite composite resin’s initial classification by dental insurers are a cosmetic treatment. Studies have found that composite resin fillings are every bit as durable as amalgam fillings as well.
At the current time, the outcome of the mercury lawsuits has not been released to the public. The FDA continues to maintain that the amount of mercury in amalgam fillings has not been found to cause statistically significant harm, but no guidelines have been published regarding the combined effects of dental mercury exposure when cumulatively combined with other sources of mercury exposure. The choice is left in the hands of the patient, with longterm consequences largely unknown.
To learn more about composite resin fillings as an alternative to amalgam, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at 509-368-7788.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788