Mercury Dental Fillings
Reasons to Choose a Mercury Safe Dentist
Mercury Safe and Mercury Free Dentists: What They Do and Why They Do It
Dental schools still teach dentists to use silver amalgam fillings and the American Dental Association (ADA) continues to tell the public they are safe. But recently more and more questions have been raised about the safety of the mercury vapor released from amalgams. This has resulted in a controversy and an ongoing debate about them - with some dentists saying they are safe and some saying they aren't. This has now evolved to the point where over 50% of practicing dentists are no longer putting mercury amalgam fillings in their patients' teeth. In fact, three countries, Norway, Sweden and Denmark have banned the use of these fillings in the dental practice.
The controversy has also made dentists rethink what they were taught in dental school. After extensive research (including reading Dr. McGuire's book The Poison in Your Teeth: Mercury Amalgam (Silver) Fillings . . . Hazardous to Your Health), and information provided on the ADA's website, many dentists have concluded that it would no longer be in the best interests of their patients to offer amalgam as a filling material and become amalgam free.
In addition, because it has been proven that high levels of toxic mercury vapor are released when amalgam fillings are removed, Mercury Safe dentists have made their offices as mercury safe as possible. To that purpose, these dentists use state-of-the art technology, equipment, and safe removal protocols, to protect their patients, their staff, themselves and the environment from excessive, and unnecessary, occupational exposure to mercury at the dental office. In doing so they've now made their practices both Mercury Free (amalgam free) and Mercury Safe.
Becoming both a Mercury Free (amalgam free) and Mercury Safe dental practice is a decision made by individual dentist - but they all believe that deciding whether or not to have your existing amalgam fillings removed and replaced must be your choice. Because they place great importance on Patient Education, they feel it is their responsibility to educate their patients about the relationship of oral to overall issues and to provide them with the information required for them to make educated decisions. That is why many dentists provide Dr. McGuire's books and why they also encourage patients to go to the ADA's website (www.ada.org) to learn more about the pros and cons of removing, or keeping, mercury amalgam fillings. But every mercury safe dentist will make it clear that the decision to remove and replace amalgam fillings can, and should only,y be made by the patient.
Dentists who are both Mercury Free (amalgam/silver filling free) and Mercury Safe want their patients to know that there is a significant difference between the two. As a patient it is also very important to know the difference between the two - as more and more dentists are becoming Mercury Free but are still not Mercury Safe.
This of course has created a dilemma for patients who believed that dentists who said they were Mercury (amalgam) Free meant they also used protocols to safely remove amalgam fillings. But patients are catching on and now look for dentists who will safely remove their amalgam fillings and now ask this question of the dentist: "Are you both Mercury Free and Mercury Safe?" Bottom line . . . you can't assume that a dentist who advertises his or her practice as being Mercury - amalgam - Free, is also Mercury Safe - unless you ask!
The Main Difference between a Mercury Safe Dentist and a Dentist who is only Mercury Free
Unsafe removal of amalgam/silver fillings can generate huge amounts of toxic mercury vapor, easily over 100 times more than the maximum levels of mercury vapor allowed by all government regulatory agencies. What really separates Mercury Safe Dentists from those who are 'only' Mercury Free, is their understanding that:
• When unsafely removed, amalgam fillings release excessive and unnecessary amounts of poisonous mercury vapor.