Millions of people have mercury amalgam fillings in their teeth to repair cavities. The mercury vapor is released from amalgam fillings when aggravated, is inhaled and swallowed, and causes low level mercury poisoning in the body resulting in a raft of common ills.
Symptoms of mercury poisoning include:
The History of Amalgam
Dental amalgams were first introduced in 1833 but many dentists refused to implant them
due to the mercury. In 1843, the American Society of Dental Surgeons declared
the use of dental amalgam a malpractice and forced its members to abstain from
Proponents of amalgam continued to claim that dental amalgam was safe because it was
supposedly inert in the filling. As dental amalgam was less expensive and easier
to work with than standard gold fillings, it was not long before dental amalgam
was routinely used by most dentists.
In 1926, Dr. Alfred Stock showed that mercury vapor escapes from amalgam fillings
and that this could cause significant health damage. The American Dental
Association (ADA) vigorously defended dental amalgam as being safe and its
widespread use was continued.
In 1986, the ADA finally admitted that mercury vapor escapes from the amalgam
fillings. But the ADA remained adamant that amalgams were safe, and in 1986 it
changed its code of ethics, making it unethical for dentists to inform patients
of the health risks of amalgams or to recommend removal of amalgams.
In 2008 the FDA admitted in that dental amalgam can cause health problems. Norway,
Denmark and Sweden have ended the use of mercury fillings and many dental
schools no longer teach mercury placement. Germany, Canada, and California
require mercury toxicity warnings to be given to pregnant women.
There are healthier alternatives to dental amalgam such as composite resin (white)
fillings, porcelain, and glass ionomers. Gold is not a good alternative as it
produces electrical currents within your mouth.
If you are considering having your amalgam fillings removed make sure that you use
a dentist who specializes in safe amalgam removal. Mercury vapor escapes during
the removal process and having a rubber dam fitted and use of medical oxygen is
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Dr. Chester Clark has provided top quality dental care at the same location since 1977. He earned his dental degree at Loma Linda University. Generally accruing more than twice the required number of continuing education hours from dental education courses and reading about scientific studies enables Dr. Clark to stay at the forefront of dentistry so that he can provide optimal care to his patients. He regularly attends courses focusing on the most current treatment options and is a member of the ADA, IAOMT and other scientific organizations. Continue reading