Dental Amalgam is a filling process that has been used for over a hundred years. It is a combination of mercury and another metal. Due to its low cost and sturdiness, it is one of the most common filling processes.
Why Dental Amalgam?
Amalgam is very easy to use. This allows it to be molded to any irregular shape and it stays soft for a time until it sets. It also has great longevity compared to a composite filling.
There are some reasons where a composite filling would be best, make sure to discuss with your doctor which is the best option for you.
Both amalgam and composite fillings are deemed safe and effective according to the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs.