ScienceDaily (2009-07-31) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a final regulation classifying dental amalgam and its component parts — elemental mercury and a powder alloy — used in dental fillings. While elemental mercury has been associated with adverse health effects at high exposures, the levels released by dental amalgam fillings are not high enough to cause harm in patients.

Comment: Dr Lowrance

This is such a big sell out. In the last 10 years, we have taken mercury out of house paints and thermometers as well as becoming much more conscious of the environmental health risks and safety issues; but, the ADA and FDA still insists that the only safe place to put it is in the mouth. Does that even make sense to you? As the only mercury-free dentist (since 1983) in Corpus Christi I have recommended and used much safer and stronger filling materials to my dental patients. This has eliminated the health risks to my patients, my office staff and the local environment.

Dr Lowrance
Corpus Christi, TX