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Dental amalgam

Definition:

Dental amalgam is a combination of mercury with other metals and has been used for over 150 years for the treatment of tooth cavities because it is very strong and durable.

Dental amalgams are made by mixing one part of liquid mercury with one part of a mixture of other metals: mainly silver, but also tin, some copper and small amounts of zinc.

Source: GreenFacts

Related words:

Elemental mercury

To read about this term in context:

GreenFacts Summary on Tooth filling materials Dental amalgams & alternative materials

GreenFacts Summary on Mercury:

Translation(s):

Deutsch: Zahnamalgam
Español: Amalgama dental
Français: Amalgame dentaire

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