Gregory V. Sierminski, DDS, PC
Wonder Lake, Ill.
I have just reread the article by Drs. Steven and Dickerson concerning the amalgam debate. It infuriated me.
I must say that I agree in principle with Dr. Steven`s comments. My practice is a "bread-and-butter"-type practice. The great majority of the restorations we place are bonded, esthetic restorations. However, we do place amalgams.
Our patients recognize and appreciate the highest quality dentistry. Their treatment often must be done in phases. Sometimes, we use bonded amalgams to see them through until their treatment may be finalized.
We also see children on public aid in our practice. Dr. Dickerson, someone must treat these patients. It is our duty as health-care professionals. These children and their parents are grateful for this service. My staff and I also volunteer monthly at the free clinic established in our county to serve the indigent. Amalgam is the restorative of choice in this clinic.
Dr. Dickerson, we are health-care providers, not car dealers. I find the argument that one has a choice in purchasing a car reprehensible when applied to obtaining health care. You or I, or anyone else, can choose to be elitist; we just should admit it.
I believe every dentist has an obligation through continuing education to upgrade knowledge and skills. We also have an obligation to treat our patients to the best of our abilities in each individual situation.