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Recommendations for Certain High-Risk Groups Regarding Mercury-Containing Dental Amalgam

The FDA is issuing updated recommendations concerning dental amalgam and potential risks to certain high-risk individuals that may be associated with these mercury-containing fillings used to restore the missing structure and surfaces of a decayed tooth. The FDA has found that certain groups may be at greater risk for potential harmful health effects of mercury vapor released from the device. As a result, the agency is recommending certain high-risk groups to avoid getting dental amalgam whenever possible and appropriate.

For over 20 years, the FDA has been reviewing scientific literature, monitoring reports, and holding public discussions regarding the public health effects of dental amalgam and amalgam-related mercury vapor. Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury and a powdered alloy made up of silver, tin, and copper. The amalgam releases small amounts of mercury vapor over time. While low-levels of inhaled mercury vapor are generally not harmful to most people, these high-risk individuals may be at increased risk of adverse health outcomes.

To learn more about recommendations for certain high-risk groups regarding mercury-containing dental amalgam, Laraway Family Dentistry would like you to check out this article from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).