Early Childhood Caries is a tooth decay in a child under age of 6. While some children may only have one tooth that is decayed, and some may have multiple teeth that are decayed it is important to understand that tooth decay in childhood is not normal and can be prevented.
Dental amalgam fillings have been using since the 19th century. They are quickly becoming obsolete and not usually recommended to restore cavities any more. Instead, composite fillings introduced in the 1960, are now in use.
Amalgam Fillings . One of the main problems with amalgam fillings is that it corrodes, releasing mercury vapor that can be absorbed into the body. In addition, the metal fillings will expand over time, putting unnecessary stress on the tooth structure. Eventually, the filling itself or the tooth structure may crack or fracture.
Materials in Dental Amalgam Fillings . Amalgam fillings used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Dental amalgam contains elemental mercury. It releases low levels of mercury in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. Dental amalgam might cause these individuals to develop oral lesions or other contact reactions.