What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental amalgam fillings?

Advantages:

  • The durability of these silver-colored fillings makes them the an option for large cavities or in the back teeth where a lot of force is applied when chewing. 
  • It costs less than other filling types like tooth-colored composites or gold fillings. 

Disadvantages: 

  • To prepare the tooth for the filling, the dentist may need to remove more tooth structure compared to other types of fillings. 
  • These fillings are not tooth-colored or “natural-looking”, which makes the silver color from the filling visible when you laugh or speak. 

Resources: 

1. https://www.dentalcare.com/en-us/patient-education/patient.../restorative-dentistry

2. https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/cavities-tooth-decay/restorative-dentistry-types-dental-restoration

3. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/fillings-silver-colored


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