Mercury exposure in dental practice

Atesagaoglu A., Omurlu H., Ozcagli E., Sardas S., Ertas N.

OPERATIVE DENTISTRY, vol.31, no.6, pp.666-669, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.2341/05-128
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.666-669
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Since elemental mercury is absorbed by dental professionals through direct skin contact or inhalation, the use of mercury in dental amalgam continues to be a controversial issue. In this study, the authors address the possible health risk of occupational exposure to mercury vapor in the dental office. The cytogenetic examination of leukocytes with alkaline comet assay and blood mercury levels with Atomic Absorption Spectrometer of dentists exposed to mercury vapor below 0.1mg/m(3) concentrations failed to find cytogenetic damage and related correlation. However, higher cytogenetic damage and blood mercury levels evaluated in controls from mercury intake by seafood consumption justifies additional study.