Update: The FDA has set a deadline for its reclassification of dental amalgam. See the ADA News Press Release.
Ongoing concern over the use of mercury amalgam as a dental filling centers around possible long-term health effects which may be associated with constant mercury exposure.
In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for a reclassification of dental amalgam and its components. A final ruling will be issued in July 2008 on the basis of empirical data and scientific evidence.
In a recent press release, the American Dental Association (ADA) stated that “dental amalgam remains a safe, affordable and durable cavity filling choice for dental patients“.
The following is a list of links to resources and research pertaining to this issue:
- Clinical trials indexed in PubMed.
- Recent articles indexed in PubMed.
- Consumer information from the FDA.
- FDA dental products panel meeting documents.
- FDA amalgam classifications.
- Overview from the ADA
- From the National Library of Medicine Environmental Health and Toxicology.