Dental Materials, Restorative, Amalgam
Definition : Restorative dental materials designed to be used as metallic fillings for in situ restoration of the appearance, structure and/or function of a patient's teeth. These restorative dental materials consist of a mixture of liquid mercury and alloys made mostly of silver, tin, zinc, and copper. Amalgam restorative dental materials do not adhere to tooth structure without the aid of cements or techniques which lock in the filling; they are strong, resistant to wear, malleable, durable, and are available in capsule, powder, and tablet forms. Amalgam restorative dental materials are usually placed on the rear molars since their metallic color is not an aesthetic match with natural tooth enamel. They are used in dentists' offices.
Entry Terms : "Restorative Dental Materials, Amalgam" , "Dental Amalgam" , "Amalgam Alloys"
UMDC code : 16367