Do you need to replace amalgam fillings? In the past, metal was the most commonly used material to repair dental damage and fill cavities. If you have amalgam fillings, you’ve likely heard that you should replace them with newer composite fillings. In the last decade, amalgam has been falling out of favor with dentists and patients for concerns over potential toxicity. Research is conflicted, with no definitive proof of whether or not there are toxic side effects. If they’re not worn down or broken, it may be easier to keep them in place. When they begin to deteriorate, it’s best to have them removed and replaced. With the conflicting research, replacing them mostly comes down to personal preference. If you’d like to learn more or schedule your first appointment with us, please call (707) 741-6090 or contact us on our website.