Patients are often concerned about the use of dental amalgam because it contains mercury. However, new policy statement from the American Public Health Association (APHA) supports the use of amalgam as an effective and safe filling material. The APHA maintains that dental amalgam has level of mercury that is well below the threshold of being a health hazard to the patients.
Limiting the use of amalgam could have negative effect, especially in low-income areas where cost-effective fillings often need to be used. Meanwhile other filling options continue to be much more expensive. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has long supported the use of dental amalgam as a restorative material, while the American Dental Association recently supported the APHA’s stance. With the backing of these credible organizations and advance training by its handlers, amalgam shouldn’t be considered a threat. However, dental practices need to develop good practices in dealing with the amalgam waste.