Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003050
Title: Dentists attitude towards amalgam restoration and its safety measures - KAP survey
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Dental amalgam which is not a tooth-colored restorative material has been used for many years in the treatment of dental cavities and it is still used in case of deep cavities, due to its excellent mechanical properties and durability. Dental amalgam is a combination of alloy particles and mercury that contains about 50% of mercury in the elemental form. Mercury is a toxic heavy metal, especially the vapor and organic mercury compounds are both neurotoxin and nephrotoxic. Long- term exposure to mercury vapor may increase the risk of mercury poisoning. It is important to know the safety measures of amalgam to protect both the patient and the dentist from mercury poisoning. Materials and Methods: This is a cross-sectional study which was conducted between November and December 2016 to determine the dentists’ attitude toward amalgam restoration and its safety measures. The study consists of 132 dentists which included general practitioners and specialists working in clinics. A questionnaire with 15 questions was made on amalgam restoration and its safety measures and a survey was conducted among dentists between September and October 2017. Results: From the present study, 52% of the general practitioners and 90% of the specialists were aware about the safety measures of amalgam restoration. Conclusion: From the present study, it is important to know the safety measures of amalgam to protect both the patient and the dentist from mercury poisoning.

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    S. Pooja, S. Delphinepriscilla Antony*

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    Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Science, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: S. Delphinepriscilla Antony, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Science, 162, PH Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India

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    Author:

    S. Pooja, S. Delphinepriscilla Antony*

    Title:Dentists attitude towards amalgam restoration and its safety measures - KAP survey
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (January)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (9-12)
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    Methodology:Mercury poisoning, Safety measures
    Research Materials:Mercury

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Amalgam Mercury Mercury poisoning Safety measures

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