Amalgam fillings

Do I need to consider Safe Amalgam Filling Removal?

irst thing you should be aware of is the changes in Amalgams as they get old. As amalgam ages it expands and cause micro-cracks on teeth. It is not uncommon for people to say “I was only biting into a piece of cake or something soft and the tooth broke” so even if you are not worried about the composition of your silver fillings, get them checked by your dentist regularly to avoid broken teeth.

A report that was published on Health Care Without Harm’s website under the title “Mercury in Dental Amalgam and Resin-Based Alternatives” concluded: Alternative materials to amalgam for fillings may have less negative impact on human health and the environment, according to a recently published report. The Health Care Research Collaborative report compared mercury-based dental fillings with alternatives currently available in the U.S. and found that the effects of mercury outweigh the known effects of resin-based composites and glass ionomer fillings.

Health Care Without Harm is an international nonprofit association that promotes environmental responsibility in health care. It is coordinated by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health.

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In Jan 2013 delegates from over 130 countries attended the meeting of the International Negotiating Committee on Mercury in Geneva aimed at limiting emissions of mercury. Dental amalgam, which is used to treat cavities, was discussed during the meeting.

Concerning actions that have already been taken in many EU countries, the draft treaty lists a number of measures UN countries could take to phase down amalgam, but this shall include at least two of those listed.

The treaty recognized the need for national programs to prevent oral disease and calls for more research into developing new treatment options. Among others, the delegates agreed that countries should be setting national objectives aimed at dental caries prevention in order to minimize the need for dental restorations and thereby limit the use of dental amalgam. In addition, the use of and research on cost- and clinically effective mercury-free restorative alternatives should be promoted.

Moreover, countries were found to be responsible for encouraging dental schools and organizations to educate and train dental professionals and students on the use of mercury-free dental restoration materials.

National Health and Medical Research Council Australia pamphlet on Amalgam fillings says: “very small amount of mercury are released from the surface of dental Amalgam filling, mainly as mercury vapour. Grinding teeth, chewing and tooth brushing all increase the amount of mercury released. Some of the vapour is breathed out, but some is breathed in or dissolves in saliva and swallowed. In this way, some mercury can reach the rest of the body and accumulate in certain organs, particularly the kidneys. However, the mercury levels involved are very low so the amount of mercury absorbed into the body is very small!”

The way the world handled asbestos is a good story to remember. The U.S. asbestos industry began in 1858, in the early 1900s researchers began to notice a large number of early deaths and lung problems in asbestos mining towns.  By the 1930s, the UK regulated ventilation and made asbestosis an excusable work-related disease, followed by the U.S about ten years later. So it took about a century till everybody accepted the reality about asbestos.  Approximately 100,000 have died or will die from asbestos exposure only in the US!

More information on replacing mercury fillings with white can be found here

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