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Letters: Amalgam response

May 18, 2015 I take one exception to the letter from Dr. Leonard Kessler from Weston, Florida, in the April 20 issue of the ADA News. I agree that if his office is amalgam-free he should not have to have an amalgam separator, period. Now, as to doing composite fillings, only, I disagree. As Dr. Kessler said, amalgams can last forever. I have seen too many composite fillings fail and wear out and have to be redone.

Those who don't do amalgams do a disservice to the public. I just saw a patient on which I did large pin-retained amalgams 25 years ago.

They are still intact and serving well. Some would say they should have been crowned. But why? As Dr. Kessler said, the patient will be buried with the fillings.

Robert R. Puszykowski, D.D.S.
Saginaw, Michigan