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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 06 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:677
  1. Christopher Martyn
  1. BMJ
    • Mercury has been used in dentistry for over 100 years. About 22 million amalgam restorations are carried out each year in England and Wales. Amalgam fillings are not inert, and small amounts of mercury are released daily. The Future of Dental Amalgam (Stockton Press, £19.95, ISBN 0 904588 43 2) reviews the evidence that exposure to mercury from this source poses a threat to health. The conclusion is that, apart from the very rare occurrence of mercury hypersensitivity, …

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