ADA Responds to Recent Amalgam Study

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Based in Staten Island, Glenn J. Marie DDS oversees Dentistry for Children, a pediatric dental practice. In conjunction with his ongoing work in the field, Glenn J. Marie DDS maintains membership in several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association.

In a recent statement, the American Dental Association (ADA) once again took the position that amalgam fillings are safe for patients and remain a reasonable material to use. The ADA’s remarks come in response to a recent study found in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety examining individuals with amalgam fillings for mercury toxicity.

In the ADA’s evaluation of the study, they noted that mercury levels in all the patients in the study never surpassed the commonly accepted standard of safety set by the National Academy of Sciences.

Further, the ADA noted that dental amalgam has undergone rigorous testing for years under the auspices of numerous public health organizations in the United States, and that the material has a demonstrable record of being both safe and effective for use in patients. The ADA encourages patients to speak with their dentists about which filling material is best for them based on several criteria, including cavity size, cost, and aesthetic concerns.