Mercury in Dental Amalgam and Resin-Based Alternatives: A Comparative Health Risk Evaluation

Use of mercury in dental amalgam reconstruction for cavities has been debated by the scientific community due to well-documented adverse environmental and health implications of mercury. There has been considerable controversy concerning the health risks and benefits of utilizing mercury-containing amalgam. This report begins the process of risk assessment by evaluating the clinical, environmental, and occupational exposures and the toxicity of the alternatives to mercury containing dental amalgam.