The use of amalgam, as a restorative material, has been documented for over 150 years. However, its use has declined in recent years due to the rapid evolution of alternative, tooth-colored restorative materials. This course reviews the metal and chemical compounds contained in dental amalgam and describes the clinical situations when amalgam should and should not be the restorative material of choice. The course also explains the origin of mercury in wastewater and improved mercury hygiene techniques.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Identify the metal and chemical compounds contained in dental amalgam.
- Understand the clinical situations when dental amalgam should and should not be utilized.
- Understand the origin of mercury in wastewater.
- Comprehend improved mercury hygiene techniques.