Dental material reform

The ADA works with lawmakers, regulators, public health officials, and others to safeguard patient access to the safest and most affordable and durable dental materials for their specific treatment needs. This includes the option to use dental amalgam, which the scientific community has extensively reviewed and affirmed to be a safe and effective restorative material.

Moreover, the ADA encourages dental offices to follow its Best Management Practices for Amalgam Waste, which will help reduce discharges of used amalgam into dental office wastewater.

For dentists
If you are an ADA member, please visit the ADA practice management resources on amalgam to learn whether and how you need to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) amalgam recycling rule.
For patients
If you are a patient, please visit MouthHealthy.org to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of amalgam fillings.
Federal agencies
  • June 13, 2017—Statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to reinstate the final rule governing the use of amalgam separators to reduce discharges of dental amalgam released into publicly owned wastewater systems.

  • December 15, 2016—ADA News article on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final rule governing the use of amalgam separators to reduce discharges of dental amalgam released into publicly owned wastewater systems.

  • February 24, 2015—ADA News article summarizing the ADA's comments on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to address the amount of dental amalgam released into wastewater systems.

  • February 19, 2015—Comments (PDF) on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to address the amount of dental amalgam released into wastewater systems.

  • November 10, 2014—Testimony (PDF) presented to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) panel regarding the agency's proposed rule to address the amount of dental amalgam released into wastewater systems.

  • September 30, 2014—Statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to address the amount of dental amalgam released into wastewater systems.

  • September 26, 2014—ADA News article on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to address the amount of dental amalgam released into wastewater systems. (Sidebar: House of Delegates principles for developing a national pretreatment standard for dental office wastewater.)

  • August 12, 2009—Letter (PDF) commending the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for relying on the best available science in reaching its decision to classify encapsulated dental amalgam as a Class II medical device.

  • December 21, 2007—Comments (PDF) on an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to study the impact of an amalgam pretreatment requirement for dental offices.

Media Inquiries
Press Room for in-depth information about the safety of one of the most commonly used dental filling materials.


Journalists may also contact the media relations department at:

Media Relations
312.440.2806
Email: mediarelations@ada.org


Contact Us

Contacts
Government and Public Affairs Washington Office
202.898.2400
Email: govtpol@ada.org

State Government Affairs
312.440.2525
Email: govtpol@ada.org

American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC)
202.898.2424
Email: adpac@ada.org

Media Relations
Journalists may contact the media relations department at:

Media Relations
312.440.2806
Email: mediarelations@ada.org


Prepared by: Division of Government and Public Affairs
Last Updated: August 25, 2017