IAOMT Position Paper Against Dental Mercury Amalgam
This most current statement, dated April 16, 2013, also includes the most extensive bibliography ever on the subject, with 744 references. Click to view the full document: IAOMT 2013 Position Statement
Position Statement Objectives:
(Adapted from IAOMT’s “Position statement on dental amalgam from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology submitted to the European Commision”)1:
- To end the use of dental mercury amalgam fillings. Many other mercurial medical devices and mecury-containing substances have been removed from use, including mercurial wound disinfectants, mercurial diuretics, mercury thermometers, and mercurial veterinary substances. In this era when the public is advised to be concerned about mercury exposure through fish consumption, dental mercury amalgam fillings should also be eliminated, especially because they are the predominant source of mercury exposure in the general population.
- To assist medical professionals and patients as a whole in understanding the scope of mercury in dental mercury amalgam fillings. The risk of illness or injury associated with the use of dental mercury presents an unreasonable, direct, and substantial danger to the health of dental patients and the health of dental personnel.
- To establish the health benefits of mercury-free, mercury-safe, and biological dentistry.
- To educate dental and medical professionals, dental students, and patients about safe removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings while raising the standards of scientific biocompatibility in dental practice.