I had the pleasure to host Chris Kamel, Director of Health Technology Assessments and Rapid Response, Medical Devices at CADTH. CADTH recently published a Health Technology Assessment that compared amalgam to composite resin for dental restorations. The report is available for download here: Composite Resin Versus Amalgam for Dental Restorations: A Health Technology Assessment.
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Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager
Dental caries (also known as tooth decay or cavities) is a significant oral health issue worldwide. In Canada, based on data from 2007 to 2009, 96% of adults and approximately 60% of children and adolescents are affected by dental caries. Standard treatment aims to restore the structure of the affected tooth using filling material to replace decayed dental tissue. The most commonly used filling materials for dental restorations are amalgam and composite resin.
- Dental restorations with dental amalgam last longer and cost less compared with restorations with composite resins.
- The evidence shows no clinically important differences in the safety of amalgam compared with composite resin dental restorations.
- Whereas the environmental impact of the release of mercury from dental amalgam in Canada is small, the environmental impact of chemicals included in composite resin materials is not known.
- Shared decision-making between dental providers and patients is encouraged to address the use of the optimal dental material for a given situation.
- CADTH Website
- Composite Resin Versus Amalgam for Dental Restorations: A Health Technology Assessment (PDF)
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