Since roughly the turn of the century, or a little before, most dentists that I know adopted the use of newer composite resin materials for tooth restorations — AKA “fillings.” We can attribute this to several reasons, not the least of which is that resins do not contain mercury. Personally, I have not placed a silver amalgam restoration in at least 20 years. I am surprised to see that there are still dentists that place them in this country. I agree with the EU that dental amalgam should be phased out, since the restorative materials we have available today are in so many ways better than the amalgams.
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