What about amalgam?

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We are often asked whether we still provide amalgam fillings.  The Australian Dental Association states the following:

“Dental Amalgam has been used as a dental restorative material for more than 150 years. It has proved to be a durable, safe and effective material which has been the subject of extensive research over this time.  Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, some suggest that amalgam restorations should be removed and replaced with other materials because of the perceived effects of mercury.”

At blue sky dental care, it is our opinion that the modern composite tooth-coloured fillings offer some advantages over amalgam and this is therefore the filling material of choice.  We do continue to offer amalgam fillings and in a small number of cases, amalgam may be preferable to composite. We do not recommend the wholesale removal of all old amalgam fillings but are happy to discuss amalgam removal on a case-by-case basis.