1. Health
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Glossary Definition of Dental Term - Amalgam

By

Updated: June 6, 2007

Definition:

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
  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. Dental Care
  4. Dental Glossary
  5. Amalgam - Glossary Definition of Dental Term - Amalgam

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.