The Dentist’s Health: Evaluating Occupational Risks From The Use Of Amalgam

By David Kennedy, DDS, and Amanda Just Every occupation exposes workers to chronic conditions and situations that have an impact on overall health. For example, violin players and other musicians are known to suffer high rates of carpal tunnel syndrome (a musculoskeletal injury) due to the repetitive hand movements and positioning often used when playing [...]

Dental Waste Management: Recommended Best Solutions

By: Griffin Cole, DDS, NMD As many of us know, the issue of mercury discharges from amalgam waste impacts nearly every dental office.   Research in the United States and other countries has repeatedly demonstrated that dental offices play a significant role in releasing mercury into the environment.  Furthermore, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [...]

A practical guide to compatibility testing for dental materials.

As biologically-minded dentists, we strive to achieve all the goals of modern dentistry while treading as lightly as possible on our patients’ biological terrain. So while we work to maximize strength, durability, comfort and esthetics, we seek to minimize toxicity, immune reactivity, and galvanic stress. [See also the related article, "Oral Medicine, Dental Toxicology"]   [...]

Mercury Levels In Dental Clinic Air

Determination of mercury levels in the air of dental offices and clinics in Cartagena, Colombia Determinación de los niveles de mercurio en el aire de consultorios y clínicas odontológicas en Cartagena, Colombia Masters Thesis of Armida María Arrázola Díaz,  (2011), Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Abstract: The mercury vapor generated by the placement and removal of [...]

Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings

The mercury free dentists of the world have been acutely aware of the potential for excess exposure to mercury when removing amalgam fillings, and have devised a number of strategies for reducing the amount of mercury exposure to both patients and dental staff during amalgam removal. Supplies mentioned in this article can be purchased through [...]

Clinical Effectiveness of Direct Class II Restorations – A Meta-Analysis

Heintze, Siegward D. / Rousson, Valentin J Adhes Dent 14 (2012), No. 5  (15.10.2012) Page 407-431,  doi:10.3290/j.jad.a28390,  PMID:23082310 Abstract: Purpose: More than five hundred million direct dental restorations are placed each year worldwide. In about 55% of the cases, resin composites or compomers are used, and in 45% amalgam. The longevity of posterior resin restorations is [...]

Protecting yourself from Dental Office Contaminants

This pdf slide presentation was originally shown before the AGD convention in June, 2008.  It is a basic introduction to the many toxic hazards to be found in the dental office environment, and methods to protect the dentist, staff and patients.  For literature references supporting the information presented, please see the accompanying References article. View [...]

Calcium Oxide Root Fillings (Endocal-10, Biocalex): Three Year Follow-Up

Abstract:  Calcium oxide, available for decades as a root canal filling material, has been little used in recent years due to its lack of radio-opacity, and an expectation that it would lead to an excess of root fractures.  In this study, four general dentists submitted 79 cases of endodontically treated teeth whose roots were filled [...]

Resources for Buying and Using Amalgam Separators

Disposing dental amalgam waste presents a significant source of mercury contamination in the environment, especially in waste water. Amalgam separators can remove over 99% of the mercury from the waste water of a dental office. Many jurisdictions have mandated separators in all dental offices, and many more are considering doing so. Here are two short [...]