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Biomaterials. 1985 Sep;6(5):357-9.

A model for recording mercury release from an amalgam surface.

Abstract

The release rate of mercury from a conventional, a dispersed phase or a spherical high copper content amalgam under static conditions in stimulated or artificial saliva has been measured and found to decrease approximately exponentially with time. A higher initial release rate was observed for mercury in stimulated saliva than in artificial saliva during the in vitro experiments. In a pilot study corrosion current was recorded from an amalgam specimen immersed in saliva, and was found to decrease approximately exponentially with time. After brushing the surface of the amalgam during two subsequent periods, in a manner similar to toothbrushing, an increase in corrosion current was measured indicating the removal of loosely bound corrosion products. A model describing the periodical mercury release from an amalgam surface has been proposed.

PMID:
4052550
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