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Tooth-Colored Fillings Safe and Effective

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – An effective alternative to silver amalgam fillings is being introduced into dental offices across the country. Tooth-colored fillings are gaining popularity as a more beautiful choice in cosmetic dentistry and more. They are considered a safe and effective alternative to treat new cavities or act as replacements for old fillings.

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AADR testifies to the FDA advisory panel on dental amalgam

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland – On December 14-15, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened an Advisory Panel to discuss several scientific issues that may affect the regulation of dental amalgam. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Panel voted to recommend that the FDA conduct further review of the material's safety.

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AGD Past President Testifies at FDA Hearing on Amalgam Use

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – On Wed., Dec. 15, Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, MAGD, past president of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), testified in support of using dental amalgam as a viable option to treat dental decay. The hearing was conducted at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Joint Meeting of the Dental Products Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee.

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While FDA Reviews Amalgam Risks, NGO Applauds WHO 'Phase Down'

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – While an Food & Drug Administration (FDA) panel re-examines risks of amalgam over the next two days, the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to release a key report soon recommending that amalgam use be "phased down" globally, consistent with its earlier recommendations.(i)

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ADA Supports FDA Panel's Recommendation for Scientific Review

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The American Dental Association today praised a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel's finding that the FDA acted appropriately when it ruled last year that dental amalgam is a safe and effective treatment option for the general population.

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FDA Advisory Committee to Revisit the Safety of Dental Amalgam Fillings

LOVELAND, Colorado – This week, an advisory committee within the U.S. Food And Drug Administration will meet to "discuss and make recommendations on scientific issues raised in petitions received by [the] FDA concerning the final rule on the classification of dental amalgam," according to the FDA website. The final ruling referred to is a decision published in August of 2009 that classified dental amalgam fillings as a class 2 device. A class II designation indicates that the device poses moderate risk to the patient and that general controls in regulating the device are not alone sufficient to assure its safety and effectiveness. The FDA stated last year that, "The levels released by dental amalgam fillings are not high enough to cause harm in patients."

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ADA Witnesses to Testify before FDA Advisory Panel Hearing on Dental Amalgam Safety

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland – American Dental Association (ADA) witnesses will testify today and tomorrow before a U.S. Food and Drug Administration Advisory Panel investigating the safety of dental amalgam, a silver colored material that is among the options patients and their dentists can use to restore decayed teeth.

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Scientists and Citizens Opposed to Mercury Fillings Urge FDA Panel to Restrict Amalgam

CHAMPIONSGATE, Florida – FDA Device Division, still concerned about mercury toxicity in American dentistry, is convening yet another professional panel review regarding safety issues. A nationwide convergence of scientists, dental and medical professionals, lead by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) are provoking new challenges to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) July'09 "no risk" classification of mercury fillings . The Holiday Inn, Gaithersburg MD is the site of FDA's Dental Products Panel meeting December 14 & 15 where scientific and public testimony will be presented.

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Exposure to Mercury From Dental Fillings Exceeds Safe Levels

CHAMPIONSGATE, Florida – A new risk assessment report submitted by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology this month to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that mercury from dental fillings is estimated to cause 67.2 million Americans to exceed the Reference Exposure Level (REL) of 0.3 ug/m3 established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in 1995. If the more protective REL of 0.03 ug/m3 established in 2008 by the California Environmental Protection Agency is used, then the current safe-dose is probably exceeded by 122.3 million Americans.

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New 3M™ ESPE™ Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Flowable Restorative Delivers Versatility, Esthetics

Easy to use for multiple indications

ST PAUL, Minnesota – 3M ESPE continues to expand on its industry-leading Filtek™ Supreme line of restorative options with the introduction of Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Flowable Restorative, a flowable companion to the recently introduced Filtek™ Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative. Indicated for nine different uses, Filtek Supreme Ultra flowable restorative is a versatile and efficient solution for the multiple restorative situations dentists encounter every day. Whether dentists use a flowable by itself or with a composite material, the product brings simplicity and great performance to any of its multiple indications.

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