The Mercury Controversy

Vial of mercuryThe debate over the safety of mercury amalgam fillings has raged since the early 1800s when dentists began using the material to fill cavities. When first introduced to the United States, the American Society of Dental Surgeons cited members with malpractice if they used mercury amalgam fillings since mercury was known to be poisonous.

In 1859, the American Dental Association (ADA) formed and accepted amalgam as a safe filling material since no one appeared to exhibit any symptoms of mercury poisoning as a result of having the amalgam in their mouth.

As the years have passed, various studies have either indicated that amalgam fillings are safe or amalgam fillings are harmful. While the American Dental Association still advocates for the use of mercury amalgam fillings, there are no conclusive studies that amalgam fillings are safe or harmful. What is known is that mercury is one of the most toxic elements on the planet.

While the American Dental Association believes that amalgam fillings are safe for the general population, if you have concerns about having amalgam in your mouth, you have options. Today, there are numerous safe filling materials available. When it comes to choosing the right filling material for you, bio-compatibility testing can be utilized to determine the best fit for your unique genetic makeup.

Dr. Gabriel Roybal believes that every person should have access to safe and healthy dentistry. He has been practicing bio-compatible dentistry in Santa Fe since 1986 and takes great care to provide patients with the dental care they need to look and feel great. Even though the use of mercury amalgam fillings is approved by the American Dental Association, Dr. Roybal chooses not to use amalgam in his practice.