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Dental amalgam is a safe, durable, and affordable material used to fill cavities and restore damaged teeth. Over the past few decades, more than 100 million Americans have received amalgam restorations. A combination of metals including silver, copper, tin, and mercury bind into a hard, stable substance that protects and strengthens decaying teeth. Amalgam restorations are also known as silver fillings for the color they create on the chewing surface of treated teeth. However, since most teeth filled with amalgam restorations sit far back in the mouth, they’re rarely visible to others. Dr. Carlo has helped countless patients repair cavities and protect their ongoing oral health using this versatile, budget-friendly restoration material. Although composite restorations are not as durable as amalgam fillings, they offer protection for small-to-midsize fillings and can be used on the front or back teeth. Many patients choose composite fillings to achieve a more natural, attractive appearance.