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A recent news article by Reuters in the Calgary Herald discussed how US regulators are seeking a second opinion on whether mercury containing fillings pose a risk to dental patients especially children and pregnant women. They want experts to assess how much mercury dental patients are exposed to and how much exposure is acceptable.
This is an excellent idea. Personally I believe we have much better alternatives to mercury fillings today such as white fillings and porcelain. I have not placed a mercury fillings in my office since 1999. Even if vapours are found not to be an issue the environmental impact of the amalgam waste is too great. The Canadian Dental Association do recommend Mercury Seperators in the suction system of dental offices to reduce the environmental impact on our waterways. Amalgam ( mercury ) fillings have been a wonderful asset to the dental health of the population but we now have alternatives for replacing non- functional old fillings and any new fillings.