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Dentists all over the world remove countless amalgam fillings every day, with no regard for the mercury exposure that can result from grinding them out. The dental establishment claims that amalgam is a stable material that emits little or no mercury, but then turns around and blames the mercury-free dentists for unnecessarily exposing patients to excess mercury when removing amalgams electively. Well, which is it: stable, or mercury-emitting? The techniques described in this article for protecting dental patients from excess mercury exposure when amalgam fillings are removed are simple and easily available in any dental office.