Replacing Silver Fillings (Amalgam)

Amalgam has stood the test of time as a dental filling material which has been in use for over 150 years. It has been surpassed by newer modern tooth colored materials such as ceramic and composite. Amalgam fillings are extremely durable and it has served its place as a very successful material.


Why do people get their Silver Fillings replaced ?

The most common issue we see with older amalgam fillings is cracking of the surrounding tooth structure. These cracks can often lead to teeth requiring crowns.

Amalgam is also unsightly in appearance and with options available for tooth colored alternatives many patients choose to improve the aesthetics of their teeth.

Another controversial concern is the mercury contained with in the filling. Studies have shown there is more exposure upon removal than leaving the filling in place – if not removed safely. Our stance is very neutral on this matter – we believe it is the individuals decision around this matter.

What is the safest way to remove a Silver Filling?

For those of you concerned with the mercury vapor, the safest way we can remove the filling is under a rubber dam (a type of isolation barrier) with oxygen supply. There is an additional fee for this treatment. We also do our part to protect the environment with amalgam separation fitted on all of our vacuum pumps.

What is the cost to replace  my Silver Filling?

The cost depends on the treatment to the tooth once the silver filling has been removed.

An inlay/crown will range from $1540-1650 per tooth
A filling will range from $290-485 per tooth