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Amalgam removal

October 25th, 2013
Q.

I suffer from ME, but recently came across a site on mercury toxicity, the symptoms of which seem on the whole exactly the same as ME! I want to have my amalgam fillings removed, but understand it has to be done by a dentist trained to do this using things such as a dam to prevent ingestion of mercury, and other precautions. Where and how would I find a dentist in my area who could do this? There are no dentists listed for my area on the good dentist guide?! With ME the body is dealing with a big load of stress and toxins anyway so it would have to be done sensitively. THANKS

A.

Hi,
There has never been an absolute proven link between the mercury compound bound up in dental amalgam despite the long proven link between mercury toxicity and neural damage which has been known about since Victorian times. In fact in recent years only Sweden has ever banned the use of mercury in fillings and that is mainly due to environmental concerns about waste disposal.
This subject is controversial and different dentists will have different opinions regarding mercury toxicity.
It is worth noting that in general much less mercury amalgam is used nowadays but diseases such as ME are still on the increase.

If mercury containing amalgam fillings are removed then there is always a vapour spray from the high speed cutting instruments. This spray must contain some mercury, there are recommended guidelines for amalgam removal but even with the rubber dam in place and high volume suction this vapour spray will still exist to a small extent, and we cannot totally prevent the patient breathing in a limited amount as the fillings are removed.

Replacing mercury fillings with other materials requires extra equipment and training - ceramic/resin composites are much more difficult to place in teeth than amalgam fillings and are much more expensive. Typically a medium sized filling would cost £250 - £500 to replace in these materials, more if it covers the whole tooth.
The larger the filling needed the more likely that porcelain (as opposed to composite resin ) is the preferred material.
If done well, porcelain restorations nowadays have a very long life expectancy.

Dr Stephen Jones


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