Banning Amalgam Would Raise Dental Costs
For years, a small group of dental activists have called on state and federal governments to ban amalgams, claiming with no credible scientific basis that mercury in the fillings causes systemic diseases. The ADA and numerous state, national, and international health authorities oppose such proposals. Dr. L. Jackson Brown, former ADA managing vice president for health policy, notes that dental care would cost more and dental decay would go left untreated due to the increased cost. This impact would fall disproportionately on the largest disadvantaged populations. Dr. Brown's study, "Economic Impact of Regulating the Use of Amalgam Restorations," was funded by the ADA and the California Dental Association.
It should be noted that as of January 2008, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have announced a ban on dental mercury fillings that went into effect on April 1. Insurance companies in Sweden have not paid for amalgam fillings since 1999. This ban goes in the face of the recent International Science Committee report from London that states "Amalgam poses no health risk" and that there is no clinical justification for removing amalgam restorations. The report was prepared by the Directorate- General for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission.