Dental patients in Middle East urged to choose their dental crowns wisely

Top Quote 'The Amalgam Controversy' in focus at Dentistry Middle East 2011. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 10, 2011 - Abu Dhabi, UAE: Recent advances in dentistry have given patients many more choices when decayed or broken teeth need repair. This is the case in the Middle East as in the rest of the world. Newer filling and crown materials such as nanocomposites and lithium disilicate ceramics are almost indistinguishable from natural tooth structure, so dentists can restore a beautiful smile as never before. However, as Prof Stephen F. Rosenstiel from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry explains, these improved materials, while they look almost perfect, do not have the long term performance of traditional gold or silver crowns and fillings.

    "In most situations, patients have a choice between ceramics or composites with near-perfect appearance and metals with the best chance for lifetime performance," says Prof. Rosenstiel. "Some patients are worried that their choice of filling or crown material might affect their general health. The safety of dental materials has been extensively studied all over the world, and no one has found that general health is related to the choice of dental material."

    For example, in the New England Children's Amalgam Trial published by Bellinger in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006, there were no measurable health differences in 534 children that were treated with either dental amalgam or composite resin fillings. Another study of 1,117 mothers with low-birth-weight infants found no evidence that mercury-containing dental fillings placed during pregnancy increased low-birth-weight risk.

    According to Prof Rosenstiel, who is also the President of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and Associate Editor of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry: "From time to time, news reports discuss the components of dental restoratives, particularly the mercury in dental amalgam and the plastics in composite resins however, to-date, no systemic illness has been reported due to the choice of material. Some people however, are allergic to the components of dental materials, particularly to nickel. Patients with allergies should inform their dentist so they can avoid materials that may trigger their condition."

    Prof Rosenstiel will be speaking at the 3rd Dentistry Middle East Exhibition and Conference which will run from 1-3 November, 2011, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), with more than 30 leading experts in the field of dentistry highlighting the educational significance of the event.

    Prof Dr Asmat Lone, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Dentistry Middle East 2011, says: "Dental practices in the Middle East are becoming increasingly reliant on achieving environmental as well as clinical excellence. Not only must treatment be of a world-class standard but it must be delivered in a safe and friendly environment in order for patients to feel as comfortable as possible during their treatment. Dentistry Middle East 2011 brings together in one location, top clinicians from around the world to share their expertise which enables development in the region's dentistry field."

    Crafted by Informa Exhibitions, the organisers of the annual Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, Dentistry Middle East 2011 is supported by the UAE Ministry of Health and the Dubai Health Authority.

    Running beside the conference is a major exhibition showcasing a wide range of products including those from leading regional and global suppliers such as Gulf Dent Trading, Al Thanaya Pharmaceuticals, Implasa Hoechst and Body Vision.

    Trade visitors have unlimited access to the exhibition, and may register their participation at any time prior to or during the event. For more information about Dentistry Middle East 2011, please call +971 4 336 7334 or visit

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    About Amalgam:
    Amalgam is a combination of metals that has been used in dentistry for more than 100 years. Amalgam actually consists of a combination of metals including silver, mercury, tin and copper, and small amounts of zinc, indium or palladium. With the development of tooth-coloured materials to restore teeth, amalgam is used less often than in the past. However, the newer materials cannot be used for all situations. Amalgam is less costly than other materials. It also holds up better over time, especially in teeth that undergo a lot of pressure and wear from chewing.

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