By Gary M. White, MD
An amalgam tattoo develops when metal is embedded int he oral mucosa during dental work.
- Amalgam fillings contain silver, tin, mercury, copper, and zinc.
A blue-gray discoloration of the oral mucosa is seen.
No treatment is needed. The Q-switched ruby laser is effective.
N Engl J Med 2011; 364:e29April 14, 2011
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