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What are the pros and cons of amalgam dental fillings?

The pros of amalgam:

  • Amalgam has an extremely long (and successful) track record.
  • Amalgam can be placed in areas where it is difficult to keep the tooth dry.
  • Amalgam is very durable.
  • Amalgam is less technique sensitive.
  • Amaglam can be more effective at spanning larger spaces between teeth.

The cons of amalgam:

  • Doesn't match surrounding tooth.
  • Can impart a gray color if the tooth is thin enough to let it show through.
  • There is some controversy about the mercury (by the way, composite resins can contain bisphenols).

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