Handling Extracted Teeth Containing Amalgam

To properly handle extracted teeth containing amalgam, be sure to do 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.
When handling extracted teeth containing amalgam, make sure you:
  • DO NOT place extracted teeth containing amalgam in a medical waste container (red bag waste) that uses incineration for final disposal.
  • DO NOT heat sterilize extracted teeth containing amalgam.
  • DO NOT use a bleach or chlorine solution to sterilize extracted teeth containing amalgm.

For more information, call PDA at (717) 234-5941 or send an email.