Handling Extracted Teeth Containing Amalgam

In order to properly handle extracted teeth containing amalgam, PDA recommends the following:
  • Confirm that your recycler accepts extracted teeth containing amalgam
  • Ask your recycler for specific disinfection requirements for extracted teeth containing amalgam
  • If acceptable to your recycler, disinfect extracted teeth with amalgam in glutaraldehyde or 10% formalin 
  • Place in contact amalgam recycling container
When handling extracted teeth containing amalgam:
  • DO NOT place extracted teeth containing amalgam in a medical waste container (red bag) that uses incineration for final disposal
  • DO NOT heat sterilize extracted teeth containing amalgam 
  • DO NOT use bleach or chlorine solution to sterilize extracted teeth containing amalgam 

For more information, contact PDA at (717) 234-5941 or send and email