For decades, it’s been known that mercury is dangerous to human health because it accumulates in the body and damages its cells.
Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can cause memory loss, headaches, loss of coordination, weakness, kidney damage, respiratory damage, infertility, birth defects, and psychiatric effects.
Mercury has also been linked to multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and lupus.
As Dr. Mercola mentioned in his October 12, 2010 newsletter, mercury-amalgam fillings are essentially unethical human experiments:
“If you have “silver” amalgam dental fillings, I’m sorry to say that you, too, have been the subject of an ill-fated experiment.
In the words of Charlie Brown, president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry:
“Amalgam is a primitive, polluting, 19th century product that began when physicians were sawing off legs. Medicine has since moved forward.”
Unfortunately, this aspect of dentistry has not.
The American Dental Association (ADA) continues to give amalgam (mercury) fillings their seal of approval despite the known fact that mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can damage your brain, central nervous system and kidneys.
A single dental amalgam filling releases as much as 15 micrograms of mercury per day, which is absorbed directly into your body. Canada advised dentists to stop placing amalgam in children and pregnant women in 1996 — nearly 15 years ago! Denmark, Norway and Sweden have essentially banned amalgams. But in the United States, they’re still regarded as the “gold standard” of dental care — unfortunately once again at the expense of your health.”
Many of you have probably decided to take the next step toward better health by removing your mercury fillings. But have you considered what material will replace your old amalgam?
This choice is incredibly important. If you do not use the most biocompatible material available, you may compromise your wellbeing and take a step backwards in your health, rather than forward.
Don’t undermine your healthy choice to remove your mercury-amalgam fillings by restoring them with harmful materials!
Patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting dental restoration materials: porcelain, composite resin, all-metal, and porcelain-fused-to-metal.
Porcelain is an Excellent Choice
I believe that the ideal replacement for a mercury-amalgam filling is an all-porcelain inlay or onlay.
Porcelain is a ceramic material that most closely resembles natural tooth enamel in terms of appearance and functionality, and it is the most biocompatible restoration material available on the market today. (“Biocompatible” means that it is as neutral as possible when placed in your mouth, and it is most agreeable with the rest of your body.)
Porcelain is the best choice, even if biocompatibility tests conclude that you would be okay with other materials like gold, platinum, or composite resins (made of an acrylic plastic).
Because porcelain is chemically inert and does not contain any ionized metal or plastic.