Composite Vs. Silver (Amalgam) Fillings
When teeth are broken or have cavities, often times they can be restored with a filling. Fillings do have limitations and to be successful a certain amount of tooth structure must exist in order to support the filling. Generally there are two types of filling materials. One type and the most commonly used today is a tooth colored resin or composite material that bonds to the tooth. The other type is a silver filling.
Silver or amalgam fillings contain a mixture or alloy of silver, copper and mercury that are mixed together and set up hard in the tooth preparation. These types of fillings have been used for hundreds of years ...