In the last two years, Dental Tribune has reported about amalgam on several occasions. However, with a global mercury treaty finally expected to be signed in 2013, the air for even the most dedicated amalgam supporter is becoming thin. Despite international initiatives like the recently held mercury conference in Japan, new regulation towards this issue is also anticipated in the US, where political pressure from anti-mercury groups has convinced the FDA to review their amalgam guidelines. Similar initiatives led by Sweden and France are also being considered in the European Union. A change of regulation or even a ban in these two major markets could have an impact on the use of amalgam worldwide.
In addition, comprehensive research from South Africa suggests that restorations with other glass-ionomer through atraumatic restorative treatment can outdo good old silver fillings, not only in terms of aesthetics but also long term success. The support for amalgam runs dry indeed.