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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Press Releases

Silver Material Withstands Test of Time

CHICAGO (May 22, 2008)—Consumers are  faced with choices every day - they choose which type of gas to fill their tank, which brand of cereal they want for breakfast and which tie looks best with their business suit. When a dentist finds a cavity, it means that he or she will have to remove the decay and place a filling, and what many consumers might not know is that they also have a choice when it comes to the type of material the dentist uses. Dental amalgams, also known as silver fillings, have been used for over 150 years and have restored the teeth of over 100 million Americans, according to an article in the March issue of AGD Impact, the newsmagazine of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).


The numbers don't lie:  It is estimated that more than 1 million amalgam fillings are placed annually. The material is a popular choice because it can withstand a lot of chewing, especially in molars in the back of the mouth. Another benefit?  Patients who experience allergies will be thrilled to know that allergic reactions are very rare.


Dental amalgam has been proven safe and effective by a number of U.S. and international health organizations; however, if patients have questions about its use, there are other options available.  "Patients should take an active role when it comes to their oral health," says AGD spokesperson Connie White, DDS, FAGD. "They can choose whether they receive silver, composite, porcelain or gold fillings. The dentist will be there every step of the way to ensure they receive the best option for their needs."

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up-to-date in the profession through continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the world's second largest dental association, which is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to patients' oral health needs. Learn more about AGD member dentists or find more information on dental health topics at www.KnowYourTeeth.com.

Note: Information that appears in General Dentistry, the AGD's peer-reviewed journal, AGD Impact, the AGD's newsmagazine and related press releases do not necessarily reflect the endorsement of the AGD.


*For a complete list of oral health and industry press releases, visit the AGD News Releases.

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