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12 Porter Street
Melrose, MA 02176

(781) 665-1552


Mon.   7:15am – 5:30pm
Tues.  7:15am – 5:30pm
Wed.   7:15am – 7:30pm
Thurs. 7:15am – 5:30pm



Melrose Family Dental Services

Thanks to technological advances, dentists and patients today have choices when it comes to deciding on materials for a filling.

Composite Filling

This tooth colored filling material is a mixture of resin and ceramic. These fillings have been used on front teeth for many years. When this material was first introduced in the 1970’s it was not strong enough to be used on back teeth, where high pressure grinding and chewing require greater durability. Technology has improved in the past 10 years to allow the use of resin material in back teeth. The average life span of a composite filling is 3 to 8 years before replacement may be needed, compared to a silver filling (amalgam) which lasts 8 to 10 years, or longer.

Amalgam (silver) Filling

Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, zinc and copper. This material has been used by dentists for over 150 years. The mercury is necessary to bind the metals together to provide the strength and durability. There has been concern regarding the mercury in the amalgam causing systemic diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. According to the FDA, mercury has been associated with adverse health effects at high exposures, but the levels released by dental amalgam fillings are not high enough to cause harm to patients.


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