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Article: Dental amalgam and human health

TitleDental amalgam and human health
Authors
KeywordsDental amalgam
Human health
Issue Date2003
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1875-595X
Citation
International Dental Journal, 2003, v. 53 n. 6, p. 464-468 How to Cite?
AbstractThe use of dental amalgam as a restorative material has long been a contentious issue because of its elemental mercury component. While microleakage of mercury from amalgam has been conclusively confirmed over the past 30 years intensive research has failed to identify deleterious health outcomes. Mercury, as with other metals entering the body tissues, appears to be tolerated at low levels. Nevertheless, a contrary opinion is held by some professional and lay groups who advocate a zero tolerance for inhaled or ingested elemental mercury. They identify dental amalgam as an aetiological factor for neurological conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease resulting from chronic mercury poisoning. Epidemiological and clinical evidence of widespread chronic mercury toxicity associated with a body burden of amalgam has consistently failed to be established even in populations with a high prevalence of dental amalgam restorations. On current evidence, international consensus heavily supports the statement that amalgam does not constitute a health risk to patients. However, exposure to volatile free mercury in dental clinics should be controlled to eliminate occupational risk. This paper provides a general review of the current situation and issues. It offers a consensus viewpoint for practitioners and lay people in reaching an informed decision on dental amalgam restorations.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/67165
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.967
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.512
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dc.description.abstractThe use of dental amalgam as a restorative material has long been a contentious issue because of its elemental mercury component. While microleakage of mercury from amalgam has been conclusively confirmed over the past 30 years intensive research has failed to identify deleterious health outcomes. Mercury, as with other metals entering the body tissues, appears to be tolerated at low levels. Nevertheless, a contrary opinion is held by some professional and lay groups who advocate a zero tolerance for inhaled or ingested elemental mercury. They identify dental amalgam as an aetiological factor for neurological conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease resulting from chronic mercury poisoning. Epidemiological and clinical evidence of widespread chronic mercury toxicity associated with a body burden of amalgam has consistently failed to be established even in populations with a high prevalence of dental amalgam restorations. On current evidence, international consensus heavily supports the statement that amalgam does not constitute a health risk to patients. However, exposure to volatile free mercury in dental clinics should be controlled to eliminate occupational risk. This paper provides a general review of the current situation and issues. It offers a consensus viewpoint for practitioners and lay people in reaching an informed decision on dental amalgam restorations.en_HK
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dc.subjectHuman healthen_HK
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