FDA Issues Recommendations for Certain High-Risk Groups Regarding Mercury-Containing Dental Amalgam
Statement From: Director- CDRH Offices: Office of the Center Director
Dr. Jeffrey E. Shuren, MD, JD
Part of our role in protecting patients is to regularly evaluate, monitor and update scientific evidence on the risks from medical devices—including issues related to the materials used in devices, such as metals. In the case of implanted and inserted medical devices, where materials may be in contact with the body for extended periods of time, we evaluate safety issues involved with, among other things, the body’s long-term exposure to certain materials, taking into account that sometimes uncertainties remain and more research is needed.
Today, the FDA is issuing updated recommendations concerning dental amalgam and potential risks to certain high-risk individuals that may be associated with these mercury-containing fillings used to restore the missing structure and surfaces of a decayed tooth.
The FDA has found that certain groups may be at greater risk for potential harmful health effects of mercury vapor released from the device. As a result, the agency is recommending certain high-risk groups avoid getting dental amalgam whenever possible and appropriate.
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The terminology used to describe alternative dental care has gone through many changes in recent decades. Mercury free dentistry is better described as mercury safe dentistry. Holistic dentistry, biological dentistry, and whole mouth dentistry is better described as Whole Body Dentistry. After all, the mouth is very well attached to the body! This approach to dental care focuses on the connection between the health of your smile and the health of your entire body.
The state of your teeth and gums can have a significant impact on your overall health. In fact, gum disease can lead to systemic conditions, such as heart disease, strokes and low birth weight in infants. Dr. Clark is trained in standard dental care, but he does not perform treatments simply because they are traditional. By minimizing your exposure to hazards such as mercury and radiation, he can also minimize the risk of developing other serious health conditions.
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Biological dentist Chester V. Clark, Jr. in Amity, AR, has practiced dentistry since 1977. Deeply involved in the community, he served as mayor for 16 years, and City of Amity Alderman for 18 years.
He has been a proponent of biological dentistry for several decades. Since discontinuing placement of amalgam fillings in 1985, he has been following protocols for removing mercury with the utmost safety.
Dr. Clark's patient come from all over the United States as well as throughout Arkansas.
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The Impact of Mercury Fillings
As part of his research with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Dr. Roger Eichman investigated the short- and long-term effects of exposure to mercury in amalgam fillings.
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