Two different kinds of materials are available in the case of a dental filling, namely composite resin and amalgam. Both of which are productive to treat cavities and assist the mouth to prevent the spread of decay. But there is a query regarding which material to choose while having a process of filling. There might be a thought in the mind of some people that it doesn’t matter
which kind of material we choose, but this is a fact that the thing does matter. We will firstly try
to separate both of the materials and talk about their pros and cons that will deliver you an idea
about which one is best over the other.

Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam can be identified as a mixture of metals that proves to be the most popular and
efficient filling material for a long time in dentistry. Sometimes it is said to be silver amalgam
but it actually contains a combination of metals like silver, tin, mercury, and copper and there
can be a small presence of palladium, indium, and zinc. This kind of filling proves to be less
costly if we compare it with other materials. It contains nice durability and considered as a
superior choice for filling when there is a presence of large cavities or the one which is present in
the back teeth where a lot of force is required to chew. One of the specialties of amalgam is that
it hardens with a quick approach by which it becomes productive in those parts that are
problematic to keep dry during placement like below the gum line. This kind of filling also
proves to be an effective material for kids because it asks for less time to place than tooth-
colored fillings.
Lots of people in today’s world are using amalgam fillings. But there are some drawbacks which
do not look pleasant to some people. When amalgam fillings are delivered to a person, there
might be a feeling of sensitivity. Along with that, it proves to be noticeable which means that
they appear as large, and some silver spots may look noticeable to others. It has also been said
that amalgam fillings can weaken the natural tooth and if this kind of a condition takes place, the
tooth may break, shatter or split in half. One of the cons that looks unpleasant to many people is
that amalgam fillings can lead to some possible health risks that can range from autoimmune
disease to even cancer. Along with health issues, a person may have to face allergies if they are
sensitive to metals. When someone completes the procedure of amalgam fillings, they will have
to follow a variety of instructions as said by the dentist like avoiding different types of foods and

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Andre Eliasian is an award-winning Dental Professional, an active community volunteer, and owner of Elite Dental Group Corporation. Dr. Eliasian has a Doctorate in Dental Surgery and has a reputation helping his patients achieve “the perfect smile” by restoring missing and damaged teeth using the latest in Dental Implant technology – the best choice for a natural smile.