Dangers of Amalgam Mercury Fillings
My Personal story
When I was about 16, I received my fist amalgam dental filling. I actually received about five fillings as I had never been to the dentist before since we lived on a rather frugal income.
I was happy to get my teeth fixed finally, and the silver fillings were the only thing the available at that time
Changes with Maturity
Now jumping ahead many years, I had what was left of those amalgam fillings removed and replaced about three or four years ago. I had read some articles that indicated these fillings often leak mercury and are especially dangerous for people with autoimmune diseases.
Since I have lupus, I decided this was well worth the money, and then there is all that fun to be had when visiting the dentist.
Within the year I had fewer lupus symptoms. There was no more indication of kidney disease, and I was no longer anemic all the time. I still have some of the other symptoms, but I certainly improved after having those fillings replaced.
Before and After
Amalgam fillings are 50 percent mercury, mixed with other minerals, like silver. Mercury is toxic; however, there is much controversy as to the danger of these fillings. Approximately 50 percent of American dentists are using mercury free substances for their fillings. The FDA and the American Dental Association still approve using the mercury in fillings.
Poisoning from mercury can cause migraines, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, depression, depression, cancer, memory loss, autism, ADHD, auto-immune diseases, diabetes, insomnia, stomach pains, arthritis, asthma, thyroid disorders, allergies, and infertility. Most people do not get all of these symptoms, but old fillings, in particular, can leach out slowly in the mouth.
Mouth with Amalgam Fillings
Other Dental Materials
The amalgam fillings may be replaced by a number of other types:
- Gold – last 10-15 years or longer - is strong and some patients like the look of the gold fillings. It is expensive and requires at least two office visits.
- Composite – The color can be closely matched to the normal color of your teeth; they chemically bond to the tooth structure, providing support. Composites do not last as long as amalgam fillings. The process takes longer; they may chip. They are more expensive than amalgams.
- Ceramics – Usually made of porcelain, are resistant to staining, more abrasive, and they may cost as much as gold.
- Glass ionomer – Made of acrylic with a particular type of glass material that is commonly used for fillings below the gum line and for young children. These are more susceptible to wear and possible to fracture. Typically last five or less years.
I am leaving the dental amalgams out of this list.
Removing Mercury Fillings
One of the problems is the danger encountered in the removal of the fillings as mercury vapor is released. Dentists must use extra precautions with equipment, such as vacuums, plus there is an exact procedure that should be followed for the safety of the patient, the dentist and the staff.
The mercury must be disposed of as a toxic substance.
Mercury Filling Removal Dangers
European Commission Statement
The European Commission recommended banning mercury and is phasing our dental mercury. The commission stated:
“Mercury and most of its compounds are highly toxic to humans, animals and ecosystems. High doses can be fatal to humans, but even relatively low doses can seriously affect the nervous system and have been linked with possible harmful effects on the cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems.”
So, the European Commission told about the dangers of mercury, but they did not talk specifically about the dangers of mercury fillings. Sweden has completely phased out amalgam fillings, and they will be completely phased out in all of Europe in the near future. It is unfortunate that the FDA, nor the American Dental Association have not taken a stand on mercury fillings.
Might as well Laugh
Moms against Mercury
Moms against Mercury are an organization that is against mercury being used for dentistry and in vaccines. Even though mercury is poisonous, it is being used in the new CFL light bulbs. Breaking one of these would be similar to breaking a mercury thermometer. This organization is also concerned with the mercury levels in many large fish. This 501C organization works tirelessly to get its message out to the public.
Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning
I think it is difficult to not question the safety of amalgam dental fillings. No clinical studies have been completed at this time. The New England Journal did publish an article 10 years ago that stated mercury fillings the biggest exposure of mercury to the population of the United States. An average middle-aged has 3.2 grams of mercury (eight fillings) and an obvious problem for many people.
Amalgam Dental Fillings
Have you replace your amalgam fillings or do you think your have physical problems related to them?
© 2013 Pamela Oglesby