Materials in Dental Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam, a mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Approximately 50% of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight. Dental amalgam might cause these individuals to develop oral lesions or other contact reactions.

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Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings or silver mercury fillings are composed of different metals including silver, tin, copper, zinc, and mercury. Amalgam fillings were mainly used for teeth restorations in the past. Studies now show that they may have negative effects on the teeth and overall health.

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Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are dental restorative materials used to restore damaged or decayed tooth structure. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth. Materials used in dental fillings are amalgam (a composition of mercury, silver, copper, tin), and composite resin (tooth-colored fillings).

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Gold vs. Porcelain Onlays

Dr. H. Kopel speaks about  an inlay or onlay, which is a type of material placed inside or over the surface of a decayed or damaged tooth. They are made from a variety of materials such as gold or ceramic and cover the top surface of a tooth.

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Ceramic Inlays and Onlays

They are all types of material which is placed inside or over the surface of a decayed or damaged tooth.  This is seen as a good alternative to a crown. They are made from a variety of materials such as gold or ceramic and cover the top surface of a tooth.

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Gold or Porcelain Onlays

An onlay is a restoration that is recommended instead of a crown procedure which requires drilling. Today dentists use porcelain instead of gold.

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