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Do tooth fillings release mercury into the mouth?

Jonathan B. Levine, DMD
Prosthodontics

There have been concerns in recent years that mercury is coming off of amalgam fillings, which are widely used and have been for many years. Watch dental expert Jonathan Levine, DMD, explain the concerns and describe amalgams in greater detail.


There has been some concern about the mercury used in amalgam tooth fillings. However, the amount of mercury released from amalgam fillings is well below established safety limits. Major U.S. and international science and health organizations have agreed that dental amalgam is safe to use for fillings. These groups include the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization.

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