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ADA Q&A: Amalgam

ADA Q&A: Amalgam

June 2017 update: The amalgam separator rule will go into effect July 14, 2017. The compliance date, meaning the date that those subject to the rule must comply is July 14, 2020.

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Dentists know that dental amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It is important to dispose of amalgam correctly since it contains mercury. If dental amalgam is placed into the medical waste for disposal, it will end up in either an autoclave or an incinerator. Dr. Don Cohen, chief compliance officer for HealthFirst, has answered a series of frequently asked questions about amalgam separators in these short ADA Q&A videos. If you would like to know more about the HealthFirst amalgam recovery program, the only one of its kind endorsed by ADA Business resources, visit the HealthFirst site today.

Also visit the article: "FAQ on Amalgam Recycling Rule".

How does an amalgam separator work?

I hardly touch amalgam fillings, why do I need to change the amalgam filter every year?

What should I consider when choosing a separator for my practice?

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