Dental amalgam is considered a safe, affordable and durable material that has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. It contains a mixture of metals such as silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which binds these components into a hard, stable and safe substance. Dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively, and has established a record of safety and effectiveness. Depending on treatment needs, it is one material available to dentists and patients when considering restorative options.
ASDA's policy I-6 on Amalgam Restorations states: "It is the position of the American Student Dental Association that, based on available scientific data, the continued use of amalgam as a restorative material does not pose a health hazard to the nonallergic patient. The removal of clinically serviceable dental amalgam restorations solely to substitute a material that does not contain mercury is unwarranted, improper, unethical and intentional misrepresentation to the patient."
On December 15, 2010, ASDA’s vice president Andrew Read-Fuller testified at a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee hearing on the safety of mercury amalgam dental fillings. Read his full testimony.
For more in depth information and resources on dental amalgam, go to ADA's amalgam website.
“Mercury in Dental Amalgams” — This video shows excerpts from a hearing of the Government Reform Committee on November 15, 2002. It demonstrates the importance of educating our legislators on the issues affecting dentistry. As shown in the video, many legislators are ill - informed on dental products and dentistry as a profession. It is our role as dentists to advocate for laws that may impact our future.