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Glossary Definition of Dental Term - Amalgam


Updated: June 6, 2007


Amalgam is the silver colored filling material used by dentists to fill cavities. The material in amalgam is made up of mercury and various other metals. Because amalgam is very strong and can withstand heavy biting pressure, it is used mostly on back teeth.

With the introduction of new filling materials, amalgam is not used as often as it once was.

* Photo of Amalgam

Pronunciation: Am-al-gam
Also Known As: Silver Fillings
Common Misspellings: Amalgum
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