Safely Removing Your Mercury Fillings

Co-authored by Dr. Stephen Kovar

Mercury fillings are outdated and toxic, and if you currently have mercury fillings, you should consider having them removed.

However, just asking your dentist to remove your mercury fillings or other metals can be just as dangerous to your health. There are key protocols that must be followed, and before you consider having a dentist remove your mercury fillings, there are some key questions you should ask, including:

  • Do they place a rubber dam in your mouth to keep you from swallowing mercury particles?
  • Do they provide a separate oxygen supply to keep you from breathing the vapors that are caused by the drilling?
  • Do they provide protective clothing for the patient/staff/doctor?
  • Do they provide patient protective eye wear?
  • Do they use a lower speed or high speed hand piece drill, and do they cut and chunk the filling or do they just grind it out? (Less grinding = less Mercury vapor release.)
  • Do they have a high suction, separate vapor evacuator and ion air purifier?

You should also work with with a naturopathic or homeopathic physician to prepare your body for mercury and heavy metal removal and detoxing your body from mercury and other heavy metals after your fillings are removed. Failure to do so can cause your body to get extremely sick as it attempts to detoxify on its own.

There is also a danger to dentists and assistants that arise out of the  removal of mercury amalgam fillings in the waste water and vapors released into air. These dangers exist for both for dentists who place mercury fillings, but also for dentists who remove them. For this reason, not only should there be strict protocols which should be followed in removing mercury from a patient’s mouth, but all dentists should be taking environmental precautions to protect their city’s water supply.

Most cities do not even realize the danger dentists are contributing to poisoning the air and water supply around us.  I actually conducted a “test” of my office’s wastewater by having City water officials come out and test the wastewater from my dental office before and after putting in mercury separators. Putting in the mercury separators resulted in a 98% reduction in mercury levels into the City’s waste water system.  In fact, except for certain cities that have adopted rules requiring dentists to install mercury separators on their wastewater, dental offices around the country continue to poison our nation’s water supply! For environmental reasons alone, the use of mercury fillings should be banned completely. However, when you factor in the damage mercury fillings can cause to your health, it is clear that the costs of using mercury fillings outweigh any benefits their advocates may claim they provide.

All pictures taken and provided by Dr. Stephen Kovar

Suggested resources:

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission or other compensation if you click through and make a purchase.

* The Poison in Your Teeth, by Tom McGuire, DDS

* It’s All In Your Head: the Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness, by Dr. Hal A. Huggins

* Whole-Body Dentistry, by Mark A. Breiner, DDS

** Mercury Free Dentistry Campaign at www.toxicteeth.org

** Learn the Essential Dental Mercury Facts at www.iaomt.org

** Mercury Amalgam “Silver” Fillings Essentials at www.iabdm.org

FDA’s “About Dental Amalgam Fillings” at www.fda.gov

* I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

** I receive no compensation from these websites but I highly recommend and endorse them.

 

Dr. Stephen KovarDr. Stephen KovarDr. Stephen A. Kovar, DMD, FAGD has worked as a holistic dentist in Mesa, Arizona in the My Dentist office since 2008.

He attended Montana State University at Bozeman, Montana studying Biomedical Sciences. He then pursued his dental education at Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Dentistry where he graduated with Honors in 1995. Following dental school, Dr. Kovar completed a General Practice / Hospital Residency at the West Los Angeles / UCLA Veterans Administration Medical Center. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Kovar moved back to Portland, Oregon where, for 10 years, he established his dental practice and also was an Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry at Oregon Health and Sciences University, School of Dentistry.

In July, 2004, Dr. Kovar achieved the honor of receiving a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry – an honor that less than 5% of all dentist’s in North America has achieved.

The Dangers of Mercury Fillings

Do you have any amalgam fillings in your mouth? If they are new, they may look silver and shiny. The longer they are in your mouth, the more they tarnish and begin to look grey – and then black. If you do have any amalgam fillings, chances are, you are carrying toxic poisons in your mouth.

Those “silver” amalgam fillings actually have mercury, silver, tin and copper. Older amalgam fillings may also contain nickel and zinc. All of these metals can be released into the body; first, when they are first placed in your mouth, and later, as the filling breaks down through every day activities – like eating, chewing, drinking hot liquids, grinding your teeth, and even getting your teeth cleaned. (Click on the link for The Smoking Tooth to see how toxic vapors can be released from your teeth.)

The vapors from these substances can migrate from the tooth into the bones, connective tissues and nerves.  From there, they can travel to the central nervous system, where they can permanently disrupt the body’s normal functions. For many people, the build-up of metals in their body doesn’t affect them at all, however in others, those same materials can make them sick.

The American Dental Association (the ADA) and the Food and Drug Association (FDA) have long taken the stand that mercury, once it is mixed with other metals and placed in someone’s mouth, becomes “safe” – contrary to all scientific evidence. Ironically, the ADA has cautioned against the use of mercury amalgams in children and pregnant women. If dental amalgams are not safe for pregnant women or children, what makes them safe for the rest of us? (I was one of the dentists allowed to comment during the 2010 FCA hearings regarding the use and classification of mercury fillings. Click on the video to the right to see it.)

The ADA is a strong advocate of mercury amalgams. Amalgams are inexpensive, and with their use, people who could otherwise not afford dental care are able to keep teeth that, in the past, would have simply been pulled. However, science has shown the adverse consequences mercury can have on your health and it is now time for the public to insist they be protected from these dangers. Unfortunately, most insurance companies only cover the cost of mercury amalgams because it is the cheapest filling on the market. Even worse, most dentists place it in patients’ mouths because they don’t KNOW any better.

People with mercury or heavy metal poisoning can have symptoms ranging from: Anxiety, Blindness, Confusion or loss of memory, Depression, Eczema, Fits of rage or outbursts of temper, Gastrointestinal disturbances, Headaches, Insomnia, Joint pain, Kidney disorder, Miscarriages, Neuralgic pain, Paralysis, Thyroid problems, Tremors and tingling of fingers, Unusual fatigue, Skin disorders, Vertigo, Weakness of legs, and other symptoms.

So if your dentist suggests putting a “silver” filling in your mouth – just say no!

Suggested resources:

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission or other compensation if you click through and make a purchase.

* The Poison in Your Teeth, by Tom McGuire, DDS

* It’s All In Your Head: the Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness, by Dr. Hal A. Huggins

* Whole-Body Dentistry, by Mark A. Breiner, DDS

** Mercury Free Dentistry Campaign at www.toxicteeth.org

** Learn the Essential Dental Mercury Facts at www.iaomt.org

** Mercury Amalgam “Silver” Fillings Essentials at www.iabdm.org

FDA’s “About Dental Amalgam Fillings” at www.fda.gov

* I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

** I receive no compensation from these websites but I highly recommend and endorse them.

Good Oral Health is the “Gateway” to Overall Good Health

If your mouth is healthy, there is a high probability your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor dental health, it may be an indication of other health problems, such as the following:

  • Bad breath and bleeding gums can be an indication of diabetes;
  • Dental x-rays may show the first stages of bone loss, arthritis, and/or osteoporosis;
  • Open lesions or other signs of oral and dental infections can be an indication of heart disease or HIV.

Research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations such as swollen gums, dry mouth, swollen gums or other gum problems. These diseases include some of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Oral cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease

However, the reverse is true as well; hidden issues in your mouth can cause health problems in the rest of your body as well.  Dental problems can contribute to overall health issues in many ways:

  • Infections in the gums and/or jawbone: toxins can leak out from these infections and may affect your immune system, leading to disease.
  • The relationship between specific teeth and illness: when a tooth becomes infected or diseased, the organ on the same acupuncture meridian can also become unhealthy.
  • Root canals can be a source of disease. Root canals are dead organs left in your mouth.  Toxins can seep out of the root canal teeth and can cause systemic diseases of the heart, kidney, uterus, and the nervous and endocrine systems.
  • Toxicity of dental materials used: dental materials can release mercury, tin, copper, silver, nickel and zinc into the body, which can then migrate from the tooth into the bones, connective tissues and nerves. From there, they can travel to the central nervous system, where they can permanently disrupt the body’s normal functions.
  • Galvanic charges from the metals in your mouth: saliva in the mouth acts as a conduit in which dissimilar metals can create electric charges within your mouth.
  • Bio-compatibility to dental materials: in the same way some people have adverse reactions to drugs or allergies to foods or other substances, some people react negatively to specific dental materials which can lead to severe allergic reactions and can contribute to a multitude of chronic health problems.
  • TMJ and other alignment problems: TMJ dysfunction may cause misalignment of your teeth, jaws and muscles in your face which can affect your neck, spine, hips and other joints in your body. Similarly, your tongue can simply lie in the wrong position causing a multitude of health issues.  These dysfunctions can be caused by trauma to the body, such as a sports injury or car accident, or they can be caused by dental restorations that do not adequately support a person’s bite.

Traditional dentistry has often taken the approach that the teeth are separate from a person’s overall health, and in fact, people often procrastinate going to the dentist because they feel other health issues may be more pressing. The truth is that your dentist should be a part of your overall health care team. Good dental health and overall health go hand in hand.  Some key prevention measures include:

  • Give your body the proper nutrition it needs to stay healthy and actively protect against oral and overall health problems;
  • Just say no to putting toxins in your body, including sugar, tobacco smoke, fluoride, and mercury and other toxic materials;
  • Maintain proper dental and oral care by brushing, flossing, and caring for your teeth and gums, including regular visits to your dentist.

I encourage you to inform yourself and start looking at dental care as part of an overall health program. I want you to be actively involved in the care you receive and you should demand proper care and treatment. In subsequent posts, I will explain key dental treatments, including the use of non-toxic restorative materials, looking for and removing sources of dental toxins and hidden dental infections, and preventative measures you can take as part of your overall health care routine.