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Amalgam

  • Easy to insert
  • Not overly technique sensitive
  • Maintain anatomical form
  • Have adequate resistance to fracture
  • Prevent marginal leakage after a period of time in the mouth
  • Can be used in stress bearing areas
  • Have a relatively long service life

 

  • Silver color does not match tooth structure
  • Somewhat brittle
  • Subject to corrosion and galvanic action
  • May demonstrate a degree of marginal breakdown
  • Do not help retain weakened tooth structure
  • Regulatory concerns regarding amalgam being disposed in the wastewater

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