With the overwhelming evidence present, I have chosen to be extremely prudent. Since 1992 (when I became aware of the Vimy study), I have not placed mercury in patients mouths, and with the removal of old amalgam fillings I am proud to announce that our new office building was equipped when constructed in 1997 with special filters that remove mercury waste from our drain lines, before it can get into the sewer system (and the environment). At that time we were one of only two offices in NJ that were taking this extra step to protect the environment, and to put our money where our mouth is. It costs us substantially extra each month to do this, and therefore other practices will be slow to jump on this bandwagon unless governmentally mandated.
The American Dental Association has finally acknowledged that mercury in dental fillings does not remain inert when hardened, since they are now instructing dentists (finally) in mercury hygiene. There are, however, regulations coming in NJ to mandate this environmentally friendly step.
The ADA says it’s safe, but just read their recommended processes for disposing of amalgam waste: ADA Best Management Practices for Amalgam Waste. I have testified at the FDA hearings about amalgam fillings, both in 2006 and 2010. Use the links below to view my speeches.
Dr. Stephen Markus
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