Dental Amalgam- Anthropogenic Aspects


  • Pragya Pandey
  • Kirti Srivastava
  • Himanshu Reddy
  • Diksha Singh



Dental Amalgam, Mercury, Environment, Biomedical waste disposal, environmentalhazard,waste management


Mercury is released in the environment by various natural and anthropogenic activities. As mercury is toxic,
presence of high levels of mercury in the environment is a major concern. One source of mercury in humans
is dental amalgam fillings. Dental amalgam has been used for ages in dental clinics and dental hospitals
for restoring defective and decayed teeth. This raises concern regarding the use of dental amalgam and
its disposal. The purpose of this article is to sensitize people about the hazards of mercury, make them
cognizant with guidelines regarding the use of mercury in dental clinics and enforce the use of alternatives
to mercury when possible.

Author Biographies

Pragya Pandey

Assistant Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Faculty of Dental Sciences,

Kirti Srivastava

Professor, University Environment Department,  Faculty of Dental Sciences,
King George Medical University, Lucknow

Himanshu Reddy

Additional Professor, Department of Medicine,
 Faculty of Dental Sciences,
King George Medical University, Lucknow

Diksha Singh

Associate Professor, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Dental Sciences,
King George Medical University, Lucknow



How to Cite

Pragya Pandey, Kirti Srivastava, Himanshu Reddy, & Diksha Singh. (2021). Dental Amalgam- Anthropogenic Aspects. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(3), 425-429.