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The Argument About Metal Amalgam Fillings

Peck Mercury Amalgam 2

In this picture, the difference is obvious between silver-mercury metal fillings and resin-bonded fillings with no mercury.

In the above video from 1976, you’ll see that not much has changed in the dental practices that still use silver-mercury amalgam fillings.

The metal composite fillings within your teeth, which are known as dental amalgams or silver fillings, are widely used by the dental sector and doctors in most parts of America.

Ingredient lists show the mixture consists of a blend of metals — 50% Mercury, 25% Silver, 15% Tin, 8% Copper & other trace metals.

Many scientists and a percentage of dentists have come to think that it isn’t safe to place so much mercury into a mouth of someone since mercury is actually a toxic heavy metal.

The World Health Organization has declared that there is a good chance that mercury is simply not “locked” safely within the metal bonds in the teeth and can trickle slowly into your body. Some dentists worry that this could be leading to significant illnesses. These could possibly include Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and a wide variety of “auto-immune” illnesses.

The fact is, simply by upsetting the immune system, metal amalgam could possibly be leading to an even wider range of health. issues. A number of countries, such as Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Canada and Germany have actually prohibited or added significant limitations on mercury amalgam use. In January, 2011, FDA scientists advised the ADA to disclose the use of mercury to all patients and parents, and to stop using amalgam fillings on children and pregnant women.

Quite a few dental practices in the United States have stopped putting metal fillings inside their patients’ teeth, and have turned to utilizing white fillings (resin composites) or porcelain inlays and onlays which contain no mercury, for their patients. 

It should be noted that the American Dental Association’s official stance is: “There is insufficient evidence of a link between dental mercury and health problems, except in rare instances of allergic reactions.” The ADA code of ethics states: “Based on available scientific data, the ADA has determined that the removal of amalgam restorations from the non-allergic patient for the alleged purpose of removing toxic substances from the body, when such treatment is performed solely at the recommendation or suggestion of the dentist, is improper and unethical.”

And, what exactly does that mean?

According to the Boston College Law School, “A dentist who is found guilty of violating the ADA Code of Ethics can be sentenced, censured, suspended, or expelled from the ADA” and the “ADA forbids its dentists from suggesting mercury removal under threat of license suspension.”

And, what exactly does THAT mean?

That means that Dr. Peck cannot, and is not, recommending to you that you should not get “silver” fillings, or have your “silver” fillings removed if you already have them.

If, after viewing this publicly-available information about the amalgam controversy, you conclude that amalgam fillings are not an option for you and your family’s dental care, or if you or a loved one currently has silver-mercury amalgam fillings and wants them replaced, call Dr. Peck. We are not against complying with our patients’ decisions about dental care and dental restoration materials.