Amalgam removal and the continuing debate

Fresh debate surrounding amalgam removal spurred on by Dr Oz’s show

When you are a fairly respected doctor on television there is a tendency for your viewers to believe you; after all a doctor should surely know what he or she is discussing. However, after Dr Oz aired an episode entitled “Are Your Silver Fillings Make You Sick?” which was slammed by the American Dental Association because the American Dental Association claims that there isn’t a single credible scientific study to support this claim: but more than that they were annoyed—it seems—because Dr Oz chose a side and expressed his learned opinion on the subject; but maybe as a physician he should have presented both sides of the argument and let the public make up their mind?

But at the end of the day the point about this debate is that amalgam fillings do in fact adversely affect some people and not others. There are some who, for medical reasons, have to have all their amalgam fillings removed and replaced with white fillings and many of these people report a noticeable difference in their health. On the other hand others have had amalgam fillings in their mouth for more than forty years and report no problems associated with the fillings.

The jury is still out…

So, the scientific jury in some countries is still out. Even though many dentists no longer use amalgam fillings and instead use the newer, stronger and more effective alternative white fillings, millions of people worldwide have silver fillings in their mouth. And it is to these people that the question of silver fillings is probably the most important. To remove them or not to remove them, that is the health question many people are wondering about.

In our last blog about amalgam fillings we listed why amalgam filling are considered dangerous. One of the biggest things that bother people is that amalgam fillings contain around 50% mercury and considering mercury is incredibly poisonous: it is no wonder that many people are opting to have them removed.

Another interesting thing from the way many articles on amalgam fillings discuss the issue is that it seems that there are indeed some dentists out there who still use amalgam fillings: at Tewantin Dental Clinic in Noosa we do not use amalgam fillings but we do safely remove them.

Having your amalgam fillings removed…

There are a number of reasons why people have their amalgam fillings removed and it is not always for the possibility of health risks. Our clients have had amalgam fillings removed for reasons such as:

  • Aesthetics: because we have a safe way of removing amalgam fillings, our clients have felt comfortable having them removed and replaced with white fillings. White fillings match the colour of your tooth and so give a more natural look than the unsightly silver.
  • Amalgam fillings expand and contract with heat differently to our teeth and so silver fillings have known to crack people’s teeth: the safe removal and replacement with white fillings is a safe, quick and effective way to prevent your tooth from cracking.
  • Because of the way amalgam fillings are placed they don’t seal the problem the same way white fillings do and so there is always the chance that decay can happen around the amalgam fillings. This problem does not occur with white fillings as they seal up the gap and often cover the tooth.

Safe removal…at Tewantin Dental Clinic

Our safe method of amalgam removal ensures that you inhale virtually no mercury vapour thereby reducing any ill feeling you may have after the removal. At Tewantin Dental Centre in Noosa our position on amalgam removal is that it is your decision. If, however, you are uncertain about the state of your teeth and your amalgam fillings feel free to come in for an appointment with one of our friendly dentists.

For more information on our safe amalgam removal procedure, or to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.