ADA Reaffirms Position That Dental Amalgam Is “Durable, Safe And Effective”

The ADA News (9/24, Garvin) reported that the ADA “reaffirmed its position that dental amalgam is a ‘durable, safe and effective’ restorative material in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Sept. 24 statement that existing evidence shows that dental amalgam is not harmful to the general population and treatment options should be thoroughly discussed by the patient and dentist.”

        The FDA did note that ongoing research into amalgam and alternative restorative materials “is necessary, something which the ADA also supports,” the article said.

        The article also said the ADA issued a news release saying the Association supported the FDA recommendation that “existing amalgam fillings in good condition should not be removed or replaced unless it is considered medically necessary.”

        While the FDA said certain groups may be at greater risk for potential negative effects from exposure to mercury, the ADA release noted that FDA also said there is “little to no information” known about the effects dental amalgam may have on these specific groups and stressed there “was no new scientific evidence cited as part of the FDA recommendation.”

        For dentists who have patients with questions about the FDA news, the ADA has an Oral Health Topics page on dental amalgam and information on all restorative materials at MouthHealthy.org.
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