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Here are the highlights of the FDA’s position:

“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.”

My Response:  This is basically the American Dental Association’s position on amalgam fillings. The FDA says that they looked at 200 studies to come up with that conclusion.

“Specifically, the FDA recommended that the product labeling include:
* A warning against the use of dental amalgam in patients with mercury allergy;
* A warning that dental professionals use adequate ventilation when handling dental amalgam;
* A statement discussing the scientific evidence on the benefits and risk of dental amalgam, including the risks of inhaled mercury vapor. The statement will help dentists and patients make informed decisions about the use of dental amalgam.”

My Response:  This seems to indicate that there is risk of mercury inhalation due to vapors being released during handling. Of course’ handing’ could also include removal of old amalgam fillings. Just think of the release of mercury when your old fillings are removed with a bur under heat.

This is why I recommend a special protocol when removing old amalgam fillings to prevent exposing yourself to mercury as it is released. This includes having a nosepiece placed over your nose so you can be breathing clean air. There are other protections possible. See our website to learn more.