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Dentists possess a wide variety of materials available to restore damaged teeth. Thanks to the development of bonding systems, resin composé became the standard material for direct restorations.
However, not every case is the same. The dentist must evaluate the caries extension, tooth location, and overall patient's condition to determine the best material for the restoration.
If the dentist determines that amalgam is the best alternative, then a dental amalgamator would be required to mix the components and obtain an amalgam.
A dental amalgamator is a machine designed to shake and mix dental amalgams.
A dental amalgam is an alloy made of different metals, such as:
These metals are contained separately inside a small capsule. Therefore, to perform the restoration, the dentist must mix these metals to create the amalgam.
The dental amalgamator moves the amalgam capsule from side to side with high speed and intensity. This causes the metals inside to triturate and mix.
The dental amalgamator possesses a simple control panel that allows the dentist to set up the time and speed. Also, it has a screen that displays the countdown until the mixing is completed.
Dental amalgamators are mainly used to mix amalgams. However, they can also be used to mix glass ionomer capsules.