Are there acceptable alternatives to amalgam?

John Rodway Mackert, Michael J. Wahl

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Amalgam has been the material of choice for restoring posterior teeth for more than 100 years. The past 25 years have witnessed significant advances in restorative materials themselves and in the bonding systems for retaining a restoration in the prepared tooth. As a result, there has been a shift toward resin composite materials during this same period because of concerns about the esthetics and biocompatibility of dental amalgam. In addition, other materials such as glass ionomer cements, ceramic inlays and onlays, and gold alloys have been used as alternatives to amalgam. This article will review recent studies on the longevity and biocompatibility of these alternatives to dental amalgam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-610
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the California Dental Association
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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