How Safe Are Amalgam Fillings?
While some concerns have been raised about the safety of the mercury content of amalgam fillings, which have been used for more than 150 years,1 the American Dental Association maintains that combining the mercury with the other materials—including silver, tin, and copper—stabilizes the mercury.1,2
The safety question has been extensively studied, and the major U.S. and international scientific and health agencies—including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the World Health Organization—have all concluded that dental amalgam containing mercury is safe and reliable.1,2
1 “Dental Fillings: Facts.” American Dental Association. www.ada.org/sections/publicResources/pdfs/dental_fillings_facts_full.pdf Accessed 2010.
2 “Dental Filling Options.” American Dental Association. www.ada.org/3094.aspx Accessed 2010.
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Eakle, Stephan W., DDS
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