What is Dental Amalgam (Silver Fillings)?

Most people recognize dental amalgams as silver fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. Mercury, which makes up about 50 percent of the compound, is used to bind the metals together and to provide a strong, hard, durable filling. After years of research, mercury has been found to be the only element that will bind these metals together in such a way that can be easily manipulated into a tooth cavity.

Is mercury in dental amalgam safe?
Why do dentists use dental amalgam?
Why don't dentists use alternatives to amalgam?
What about patients allergic to mercury?
Are dental staff occupationally exposed?
What are other sources of mercury?

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