AGD supports excellence in general dentistry and the pursuit of professional development through lifelong learning. We have developed policies that serve the needs and represent the interests of general dentists; promote oral health to the public; and foster continued proficiency of general dentistry in order to better serve the public. 

The following policies serve to provide structure and consensus about the intended behaviors and actions AGD supports.


Mar 29, 2018, 11:50 AM

EPA Amalgam Separator Frequently Asked Questions

Brief Summary: EPA Finalizes Amalgam Separator Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final rule on amalgam separators. The rule requires most general dentists to install an amalgam separator to prevent mercury contained in dental amalgam from entering the air, water, and land. The rule is in effect on July 14, 2017; however, compliance for the majority of dentists is July 14, 2020. New dental offices established after July 14, 2017 and using dental amalgam, must comply with the rule immediately. Exemptions apply for some dental specialties and emergency removals of amalgam. The EPA has maintained the same fact sheet that was produced in December 2016.

Read the EPA's Amalgam Separator FAQs.  For additional questions, please contact

AGD's Policy on Amalgam

Based on current scientific evidence, the Academy of General Dentistry maintains that amalgam is safe and effective as a dental restorative material.

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