Mercury Amalgam Facts
Whether or not these fillings are safe for the body, there are some mercury amalgam facts that can't be ignored.
(1) Mercury is a heavy metal that is extremely toxic to humans, and it makes up about 50% of the common amalgam filling.
(2) The amalgam filling has no natural adhesive qualities, so the tooth must be drilled out (removing large amounts of healthy tooth structure) so that the compound can be wedged into place. This in turn has been shown, in some cases, to cause microscopic, hairline cracks in the crystalline structure of the tooth, allowing bacteria, viruses, toxins and other infectious agents to enter the inner structure of the tooth, eventually causing more decay and damage, so that further treatment must be done.
(3) Wedging in an amalgam filling has been shown, in many cases, to distort and weaken the tooth, so that eventually cracks in the tooth structure may appear--again allowing infectious agents into the interior of the tooth.
(4) The amalgam itself can crack, leak, and fail, and even fall out over time, again due to the lack of adhesive qualities.
(5) Amalgams have been shown to discolor and tarnish, over time, causing cosmetic concerns to many patients.
(6) Mercury fillings are softer than normal tooth structure, and many times do not hold up well under all the biting and chewing forces that are placed on the tooth; nor do they help distribute the load of these forces equally through the tooth and into the bone.
(7) Metal-based fillings and restorations have been shown to produce a battery effect in the mouth, caused by mixing with acidic saliva. Measurable voltages caused by amalgams and other mixed-metals combining with saliva in the mouth have been detected and documented. The moisture in the oral area combining with these metals can many times result in a galvanic, or electricity-producing effect. This has been the cause of people actually picking up radio stations in metal-filled or treated teeth, and while it may sound humorous, it actually indicates a potentially serious problem.
These issues alone may be a good reason for having amalgam fillings removed and replaced with less toxic, and stronger materials.
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