Is Europe Banning Dental Amalgam Fillings?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012, 12:34 am

A European Commission has been working to reduce mercury exposure to humans and has recommended that dental amalgam use be phased out over the next 5 years. Dental amalgam is made of a number of metals and includes mercury, a known neurotoxin.

Sweden has already banned mercury fillings and Denmark, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands have reduced use of the product. Other countries like Germany and Spain have restrictions or guidance on dental amalgam use.

The Commission is making this recommendation because of the environment effects of dental amalgam. About 45 tons of mercury from European Union dental practices end up going down the drain each year and only a portion of this is captured and treated as hazardous waste.

Here at Wilbanks Smile Center we do not use mercury based amalgam fillings in our patients. We do  remove a lot of old, leaky amalgam fillings and because of this, we have invested in state-of-the-art amalgam separation equipment that keeps the mercury out of the drains and out of the environment.

Please contact our Toccoa, GA office today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit.

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