FDA Announces New Review of Mercury Fillings

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, 8:39 am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it will convene a dental advisory panel in December of this year to “review scientific issues that may affect the regulation of dental amalgam”.  The dental amalgam the FDA is referring to is the old silver filling material that has been used for dental fillings for almost 200 years. Amalgam is made up of small particles of various metals mixed together with mercury. As a filling material it is cheap and easy for a dentist to use. Is it the best material for restoring your teeth? I don’t think so and I believe maybe the FDA may be thinking that way too.

In 2009 the FDA concluded that dental amalgam was a safe and effective restoration but reclassified the substance so that special controls were required. Since 2009 the agency has received several petitions raising questions about the final rule and special controls.  Mercury is a  known neurotoxin and scientists agree that dental amalgam fillings do leach mercury into the mouth but studies vary widely as to the amount.  Continued exposure to mercury has been associated with various health problems including neurological and mental disorders, birth defects, autoimmune diseases and birth defects.

The FDA panel has stated it will focus on the potential risk of mercury fillings to pregnant women, fetuses and young children. A group particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of mercury.  I am proud that here at Wilbanks Smile Center we are mercury free!  Contact my Toccoa, Georgia office immediately at 706-886-9439 to discuss how I can help you become mercury free too.  Safe removal of old mercury fillings and replacement with modern, tooth colored dental restorations will not only make your smile more beautiful but also protect you from the dangers of old mercury fillings.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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