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Key Points

  • Dental amalgam is a safe, affordable and durable restorative material.
  • Dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively. Amalgam restorations have not been found to be associated with adverse health effects.
  • Patient concerns regarding longevity of the restoration and about cost may be considerations in decision making about restoration material options.
Prepared by: Center for Science Information, ADA Science Institute
Last Updated: September 14, 2017


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