GLOBAL USE OF DENTAL AMALGAM: THE AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE

Title of Paper GLOBAL USE OF DENTAL AMALGAM: THE AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE
Authors OTOH E.C.
Year of Publication/Presentation 2008
Publication Details/Conference Venue Nigerian Dental Journal 2008; 16(2): 53-58
Research Area Dental Caries
SUMMARY
Amalgam use in Africa is gradually declining, with an increasing use of tooth-coloured restorative resins. The main threat to the continued use of amalgam in the sub-region remains the poor management of amalgam wastes in dental practices, absence of restrictive criteria in restoration placement.
Poor saliva control remains a threat to the use of alternative resin-based restorative materials.
Caries and restoration prevention is feasible in Nigeria and the sub-region. The adoption of universal health care systems by more countries in the sub-region is a sound foundation on which other supporting factors should be built.
The patient must remain the centre of our health care system. Dental practitioners in the sub-region should develop a taste for excellence in service provision.