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Dentists Are At Odds About Metal Amalgam Fillings

Peck Mercury Amalgam 3

Looking at the photo above, there’s no mistaking the difference 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 silver/mercury fillings on your teeth, which are usually known as dental amalgams or silver fillings, are still commonly used by the dental industry and dental practices in most parts of the USA.

Ingredient lists show the mixture is made up of a blend of metals — 50% Mercury, 25% Silver, 15% Tin, 8% Copper and additional trace metals.

Many scientists and certain dentists have come to hold the opinion that it’s not safe to place that much mercury into the mouth of somebody because mercury is actually a toxic heavy metal.

The World Health Organization has declared that it’s highly possible that mercury is not “locked” safely in the metal bonds within the teeth and can trickle bit by bit into your body. Some dentists worry that this could be causing significant illnesses. These could oftentimes include Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and a complete variety of “auto-immune” illnesses.

In fact, just by harming the immune system, mercury amalgam could be resulting in a much broader range of illnesses. Several countries, including Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Canada and Germany have either prohibited or imposed serious limits 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.

Many dental practitioners in the United States have ceased putting metal fillings in their patients’ teeth, and have switched to using white fillings (plastic mixtures) or porcelain inlays and onlays which have 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 come to the concusion that amalgam fillings are not going to be part of 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 us. We are not against complying with our patients’ decisions about dental care and dental restoration materials.