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. 2013 May;40(4):260-2, 264-6, 269-70 passim.
doi: 10.12968/denu.2013.40.4.260.

Dental Materials--What Goes Where? Class I and II Cavities

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Dental Materials--What Goes Where? Class I and II Cavities

F J Trevor Burke et al. Dent Update. .

Abstract

Dental amalgam has helped maintain dental public health in the developed world for over a century. However, its days appear to be numbered. Notwithstanding the environmental consideration, there is an ever increasing demand from dental patients for non-metallic and tooth-coloured restorations in their posterior teeth. This paper gives a brief history of dental amalgam and critically appraises the alternative materials, the principal of these being resin-based composite.

Clinical relevance: The majority of practitioners carry out large numbers of Class I and II restorations, so an appraisal of the pros and cons of the alternatives may assist in decision-making.

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