Pros and Cons of Amalgam Versus Composite Restoration, Updated 1st Ed. - L0786


About Course #L0786

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: June 14, 2019

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

For many years, the only available choices for restorations were metal- or ceramic-based materials. However, in the past few decades significant advances have been made in restorative materials and in the bonding systems for retaining a restoration in the prepared tooth. These changes have brought additional direct restorative materials (such as newer generations of composite resins), as well as new indirect restorative materials (such as lithium disilicate and zirconia). This course is designed for dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dentists interested in a review of current materials used for tooth restoration.

This basic-level course addresses the pros and cons of placing mercury-containing amalgam restorations and the most commonly used alternative (composite resin); reviews current materials used for tooth restorations; gives an historical perspective; discusses the positions of authoritative bodies on the safety efficacy compatibility and serviceability of mercury-amalgam restorations; summarizes recent research comparing amalgam versus composite restorations; describes a number of safety issues that have arisen regarding the use of composite resins; and discusses clinical and cost comparisons of resin composites and amalgam restorations.

AGD Subject Code: 251

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the history of amalgam and composite resin restorations.
  • Identify the safety issues and controversies associated with amalgams.
  • Identify the safety issues and controversies associated with composite resins.
  • Compare the clinical features of amalgams and composite resin restorations.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Evan B. Rosen, DMD, MPH, is a maxillofacial prosthodontist and lecturer at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Rosen completed his master's degree in public health at Florida International University, his doctor of dental medicine degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and his prosthodontics residency at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health in Rochester, New York. Dr. Rosen continued his professional training by completing a fellowship in maxillofacial prosthetics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

John F. Kross, DMD, MSc, received his doctorate in dental medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry at the Medical Centers of Delaware (now the Christiana Health Care System). Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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