SAQ 1. A patient arrives at your office and expresses concern about mercury from dental amalgam causing her harm. What will you tell this patient to reassure her about the safety of amalgam?
You will tell about three facts of dental amalgam fillings:
(1) The mercury that is in an amalgam is not free and never released into the body. It is always tied up chemically in the dental amalgam matrix. The majority of bound mercury never leaves the dental amalgam mass.