Correlation of dental amalgam with mercury in brain tissue

J Prosthet Dent. 1987 Dec;58(6):704-7. doi: 10.1016/0022-3913(87)90424-0.


Data from this project demonstrate a positive correlation between the number of occlusal surfaces of dental amalgam and mercury levels in the brain (p less than .0025 in white matter). This is indirect evidence suggesting that mercury from dental amalgam fillings may contribute to the body burden of mercury in the brain. The toxic levels of mercury in human tissues have not been sufficiently investigated and the amount of mercury in human brain tissue from dental amalgam may or may not be clinically significant. Nevertheless, dental amalgam exposure should be considered in monitoring sources of mercury accumulation in human brain tissue.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Brain Chemistry*
  • Dental Amalgam*
  • Dental Restoration, Permanent
  • Humans
  • Mercury / analysis*
  • Middle Aged
  • Spectrophotometry, Atomic


  • Dental Amalgam
  • Mercury