There are issues with the theoretical safety of the resin fillings as well. Neither is perfect. There are yucky things in both sort of fillings. That said, unless it was a tooth in the front of the mouth, I would prefer a mercury/silver amalgam filling on a child's tooth. They are easier to put in correctly with a squirmy kid, and they usually last longer. I certainly think that pulling an otherwise healthy tooth is overkill.
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