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Dangers of Amalgam Mercury Fillings

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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 available at that time

Changes with Maturity

Now jumping ahead many years, I had what was left of those amalgam fillings removed and replaced several years ago. I 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 to replace the old fillings, 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 lupus symptoms, but I certainly improved after having those fillings replaced.

Before and After

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licker: Thank you Beauty

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are 50% mercury, mixed with other minerals, like silver. Mercury is toxic; however, there is much controversy as to the danger of these fillings.

Approximately 50% of American dentists are using mercury free substances for their fillings. The FDA and the American Dental Association still approves using the mercury in fillings. The mercury is used to bind the alloy particles together to make the fillings more durable.

Dental Work

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Mercury Toxicity

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.

Other Dental Materials

The amalgam fillings may be replaced by a number of other types:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Ceramics – Usually made of porcelain, are resistant to staining, more abrasive, and they may cost as much as gold.
  4. 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.

Mouth with Amalgam Fillings

Flicker: Thank you

Flicker: Thank you

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

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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

In Conclusion

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

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 11, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

That is so true. They use a safer type of filling these days. Thanks os much for your comment

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2020:

"Live and learn" is a popular saying. I am happy for you that your symptoms of lupus improved after you had your amalgam fillings removed. It is a shame that many people are walking around with a potential time bomb in their teeth that might create medical problems for them.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on May 27, 2013:

You are welcome Ms. Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 27, 2013:

erorantes, One tooth that is in good condition is probably nothing to be too concerned about anyway. Mine were quite old and I was also ill, which was a motivating factor. Thank you for your comments.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on May 27, 2013:

Thanks for your information. Ms. pamela. I have one filling on my tooth, but I rinse before and after I eat. No problem. If I start having some problem I'm going to remove it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2013:

Conservative Lady, Sorry about the dental appt. as we know they are not much fun. Hope it helps your health. I appreciate the comments.

Sheila from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State on April 19, 2013:

Very interesting topic Pamela, I have a couple of these fillings myself and now I am wondering if they aggravate my asthma and allergies. Now I have to make a dentist appointment - thanks so much ;-)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2013:

Vellur, I think it will also improve the health for many people. Thanks for youe comments.

Victoria Lynn, It is good you don't have tham. I appreciatr your comments.

Mary, I wish I knew the answer to that question but I agree, you should check it out. Thanks for your comments.

Mary Craig from New York on April 19, 2013:

I had heard this before Pamela but not in so much detail. I wonder if the mercury affects my Meniere's as well? Definitely worth looking into. Thank you for such a useful and I believe, necessary hub!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 19, 2013:

I have a friend who recently told me about her troubles with her mercury feelings. How awful. I'm thankful I don't have any. Great information in this hub!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 19, 2013:

Thanks for sharing this important information. Mercury is highly poisonous.Your hub will save many lives. Voted up.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 18, 2013:

Patricia, I wrote this hub as my experience really helped my health. Good luck to your family and I apreciate your comments. Love theangels - God bless you and your family.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 18, 2013:

Hi Pamela

This is important and I do not think it is widely known. The only reason I know is that some family members were advised to have their mercury fillings removed.

Getting the word out, Pamela, hopefully will give a heads up to those who do not know of these dangers.

Sending Angels your way this morning. :) ps

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 09, 2013:

RTalloni, Thanks so much for your comments.

RTalloni on April 09, 2013:

Thanks for sharing your experience and putting this information together so others can benefit from it. It's an important issue that is not usually addressed from the perspective of knowledge and you've given people a good springboard to work from if they want or need to address it for themselves or family members.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 09, 2013:

Glen, I agree that each person must choose nake the safest decision for themselves. Thanks so much for your comments.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on April 08, 2013:

I also had Amalgam Fillings when I was young. They stayed intact for almost 50 years. I have tinnitus that started eight years ago and I was wondering if the mercury might be a cause of that.

I recently asked my dentist about removing those fillings. But he said it can cause more harm than just leaving them in. Your hub explained that and the video you included made it clear how dangerous it is and the precautions that need to be taken when removing Amalgam Fillings.

In your case it was necessary since you had other symptoms. But I guess the decision needs to be made based on weighing the advantages and disadvantages. A discussion with ones dentist is very important to make the right decision.

Your hub is very helpful for anyone who is deciding to have them removed. Voted up.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 07, 2013:

Rosemary, I think we all hate to go to the dentist, but once there are gone it is worthwhile. Thanks for your comments.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on April 07, 2013:

Thank you Pamela for this very informative hub. I have a couple of the mercury fillings still and you can be sure I will be popping along to the much hated dentist asap.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 31, 2013:

Linda, At least you are almost done. My insurance paid for a portion, but it was still expensive. Thanks for your comments.

rasti, They are supposed to use some type of equipment to keep you safe too. It wouldn't be too happy about his attitude. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Martie, That is so true. Glad to hear you don't have the problem. Thanks for your comments.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on March 31, 2013:

Very informative hub about Amalgam dental fillings.

Fortunately the teeth left in my mouth have no fillings, otherwise I was boots and all in my dentist office before the end of the week.

Thank you, Pamela, for this important information. And so we learn. What was regarded as the truth in the past is so often proved as fraud in the present.

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on March 31, 2013:

I went to have a mercury filling removed and I told the dentist that mercury is toxic. The dentist said "I know that is why I am wearing this special mask" without taking me into consideration.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 31, 2013:

Thanks for another useful and informative article Pam. I have two fillings left. One is being removed on Saturday, which leaves one more. My insurance doesn't cover removal unless there is an issue. I'll keep this info in mind!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 31, 2013:

POP, I had the same experience and my health improved also. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 31, 2013:

livingsta, I know I was unaware for a long time, so I hope to pass the word as much as possible. Thanks for your comments.

breakfastpop on March 31, 2013:

I had my fillings removed many years ago. The minute I had them replaced my mouth felt calmer and more comfortable. Up interesting, useful and awesome.

livingsta from United Kingdom on March 31, 2013:

This is so scary, and thank you for sharing this with us. Some important awareness this is. Sharing this, as there will be so many people out there who will be unaware of the dangers.

Votes up, sharing and pinning!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 31, 2013:

Ruby, I am glad the word is getting out, and also it is good that you don't have any of those fillings. Thanks for your comments.

Nell Rose, I hadn't thought about the make-up, but you are right. We learn of new hazards all the time. I appreciate your comments.

Nell Rose from England on March 30, 2013:

Hi Pamela, scary stuff, in a few years time we will look back at the mercury fillings and shudder in the same way we do when we read about how back in the last few centuries they used lead for makeup, I know I have a few mercury fillings, and it does scare me, I now how some of the white ones, nell

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 30, 2013:

Very interesting Pam. I was unaware of the danger, i don't have any thank goodness. I watched the video and was amazed at the amount of harm the mercury can do to the body. Thank you for sharing, very usefel hub....

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 30, 2013:

Frog, That's about the way it went for me too. Happy to oblige. Haha Thanks for the comments.

The Frog Prince from Arlington, TX on March 30, 2013:

And here I am not liking to visit any dentist and I read this. Off I go...

The Frog

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 30, 2013:

Dianne, I'm glad you don't have any of these fillings and I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 30, 2013:

drbj, That really surprised me also. My opinion of the FDA is not good, but I never thought the American Dental Association would not at least investigate or make some statement. Thanks for your comments.

Dianna Mendez on March 29, 2013:

Wow, thanks for the information, Pamela. I don't have any, but this will surely help bring awareness to those who need to hear it.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 29, 2013:

I'm not surprised, Pamela, that the FDA has refused to act on banning mercury fillings since I learned of so much they condone in my three Interviews with FDA Spokesperson. But I am surprised that the American Dental Association is still dragging its collective feet on a ban. Dangerous!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 29, 2013:

RealHousewife, It is expensive when you crack one for sure. In fact any dental treatment is expensive. Thanks for your comments.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 29, 2013:

Interesting Pamela...I had those type of fillings and it was around the 1970s when I got them....both eventually fell out! They just dropped out! Thank gosh I didn't swallow them...I had ceramic replacements and yes they are really expensive and I've had one crack already!