This dentist survey asked if dental amalgam should be banned in the U.S.
Most dentists said amalgam is safe enough for continued use and should not be banned.
Close to half of our survey respondents (48%) think it’s a valuable restorative material.
“We are already adequately governed regarding amalgam use and disposal. We need to advise patients regarding BPA in composites and the drawbacks to composites so that patients are better able to decide on their poison. Or they can use gold.” New York dentist
“The latest from American Association of Dental Research and the International Association of Dental Research is that Amalgam is the most cost effective restorative material, and it has no adverse health effects.” Florida dentist
“Amalgam is still the best restorative material in many situations where it is impossible to keep the field of operation dry.” Illinois dentist
A quarter (25%) of the dentists in our survey think amalgam should not be banned, even though they don’t necessarily think it’s the best material.
“Since it hasn’t ever been proven to be unsafe, it should be left alone – very few people want amalgam in their teeth, and it will die a slow death of it’s own.” New Hampshire dentist
“It may have a place in certain situations, but I personally have not used it since 1999. I also do not think it has definite, dreaded effects on our patients’ health. After all, if it were the deadly material that some have described…why is it safe to bury deceased amalgam patients conventionally and not in toxic waste landfills?” General dentist
“What is leaching out of our composite restorations? I haven’t seen a conclusive study that absolutely proves amalgam is dangerous.” West Virginia dentist
However, 28% of our respondents are on the other side of the amalgam issue: 10% said they tend to think it should be banned. Another 18% think it should be banned, and no one should be using amalgam at all.
“The most toxic heavy metal on the planet! We can’t throw it away, but ok to put it in our teeth? Really??” Tennessee pediatric dentist
“The EPA deems it a bio hazard for the environment. Enough said. The retentive undercuts [required for amalgam] further weaken tooth structure which leads to fractures. With resins a dentist may do minimally invasive dentistry which results in better tooth strength and potentially fewer fractures. I have clinical pictures of an old, class II resin which was placed in 1985 that is still functionally intact with no signs of any marginal breakdown. That shoots down the knock that resins don’t last.” North Dakota dentist
“Anyone interested in the subject should check out the Compendium February 2013, volume 34, number 2. The article “Mercury from Dental Amalgam: Exposure and Risk Assessment”. It’s an eye-opener and reinforces what I have thought about for a long time. Clearly the ADA is avoiding the subject because it knows that all h**l will break loose liability-wise when it finally issue recommendations against it.” Florida dentist
What’s your opinion about using dental amalgam?