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Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam is an alloy of mercury with various metals used for dental fillings. It commonly consists of mercury (50%), silver (~22–32% ), tin (~14%), copper (~8%), and other trace metals. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid (elemental) mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Approximately 50% of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight. The chemical properties of elemental mercury allow it to react with and bind together the silver/copper/tin alloy particles to form an amalgam.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Amalgam

Advantages

  • They can bear force of chewing as, they are made up of metal.
  • Pocket friendly as compared to other alternatives.

Disadvantages

  • Does not match tooth colour.
  • Can tarnish over a period of time

Related Journals of Amalgam Fillings

Dentistry, JBR Journal of Interdisciplinary Medicine and Dental Science, Orthodontics & Endodontics, Dental Implants and Dentures: Open Access, Research & Reviews: Journal of Dental Sciences, Dental Materials, Clinical Oral Implants Research, International Dental Research, International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry, Journal of the American Dental Association.

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