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Dentists Are At Odds About Silver/Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Peck Mercury Amalgam 3

In the above photo, 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.

In ’91, the World Health Organization stated the opinion that mercury found in dental amalgam is the foremost contibutor of mercury vapor in non-industrialized areas, exposing the troubled resident families to mercury amounts significantly beyond those set for food and air.

Analysis shows the amalgam consists of a mixture of metals — 50% Mercury, 25% Silver, 15% Tin, 8% Copper & additional trace metals.

Many scientists and a number of dentists have come to believe that it’s not safe to put that much mercury into a mouth of an individual because mercury is 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 in the teeth and can trickle bit by bit into the body. Some dentists worry that this could be causing severe illnesses. These could perhaps include Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and a complete variety of “auto-immune” diseases.

In fact, just by harming the immune system, metal amalgam could be bringing about an even broader amount of health. issues. Some countries, including Denmark, Austria, Canada, Sweden and Germany have actually banned or enforced significant restrictions 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.

More and more dental practices in the US have discontinued putting metal fillings inside their patients’ mouths, and have turned to using white fillings (resin mixtures) or porcelain inlays and onlays which contain zero 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, however, you have read this blog article containing public knowledge abot this controversy, and you decide that silver-mercury 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.