Amalgam fillings are also commonly known as ‘silver fillings’. It has become a common standard of care in rebuilding the functionality of a tooth that has been affected by dental decay. Amalgam fillings are made up of metals such as mercury, silver, tin, and copper. It is more robust in its characteristics. It is because of its ability to withstand heavy forces generated while chewing. Even though it is not aesthetically appealing, amalgam fillings are less likely to break or wear down over time.
One of the critical advantages of amalgam fillings is that it is safer to use and does not pose any health risk. It is also an effective dental restoration method. It is based on extensive studies and scientific evidence as per the American Dental Association (ADA), The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the FDA, and the World Health Organization. However, it is not recommended for people having allergies or sensitivities to metals. Such people are advised to pursue other restorative options as dentists prescribe.