Are your silver fillings dangerous?

Are your silver fillings dangerous?

There are 69 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Jun 20, 2008, titled Are your silver fillings dangerous?. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

The FDA is looking at whether an old staple of dentistry may be toxic. By VERONICA GORLEY CHUFO 247-4741 June 20, 2008 If you're one of the millions of Americans who have silver fillings in your teeth, a tiny ...

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Darrell

United States

#1 Jun 20, 2008
“Other types of cavity fillers are available, including tooth-colored plastic or porcelain. The problem is that they can be more expensive.”

There is another problem that the author did not mention. Tooth-colored fillings contain bisphenol-A, another chemical being investigated by the FDA. Sen. Charles Schumer from New York wants BPA banned, and Congresswoman Diane Watson from California wants amalgam fillings banned.

In less than a year, it could be illegal for US dentists to fill teeth.
uh-yeah

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Jun 20, 2008
Amalgam fillings (what 95% of us have if we have fillings) have mercury in them. They must be treated as hazardous material before they are put in the mouth, and after they are removed. But somhow they are magically safe for us when they are in our mouth. Some people believe that toxins (including the mercury from amalgam fillings) are responsible for such degenerative diseases like ALS, MD, MS, etc. The book "Eric is Winning" is a good reference.
Darrell

United States

#3 Jun 20, 2008
uh-yeah, I get your point about amalgam fillings. Is there a safe alternative?
uh-yeah

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#4 Jun 20, 2008
From what I've read porcelain and gold are safe.
Darrell

United States

#5 Jun 20, 2008
They are also very expensive.
American

Newport News, VA

#6 Jun 20, 2008
Darrell wrote:
“Other types of cavity fillers are available, including tooth-colored plastic or porcelain. The problem is that they can be more expensive.”
There is another problem that the author did not mention. Tooth-colored fillings contain bisphenol-A, another chemical being investigated by the FDA. Sen. Charles Schumer from New York wants BPA banned, and Congresswoman Diane Watson from California wants amalgam fillings banned.
In less than a year, it could be illegal for US dentists to fill teeth.
Regarding Watson (from Wikipedia): "In the National Journals 2006 release of their composite liberal index, Watson scored as the most liberal member of either house, with a score of 97.7"
And Schumer is so obvious a radical Leftist it bears no further mention here
Gee, who ever would have thought that it might be the every-day political strategy of these radical Leftists to create alarmism on every topic possible and then be seen as saviors by the herds of bleating sheeple (what Lenin called 'useful idiots') when they offer to use the power of big-nanny-government to 'solve' said problems
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
-- H. L. Mencken
"... it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen to set brush fires in people's minds..."
-- Samuel Adams
I have lots of amalgam fillings and there has been no mention of mercury in my system even when I specifically asked to be checked for heavy metal exposure because of certain aspects of places I've been and work I've done.
"More Taxes - More Government - Less Freedom - Vote Democratic"
uh-yeah

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#7 Jun 20, 2008
Darrell wrote:
They are also very expensive.
True, but so is any dental work. The problem is that the extra expense is often not covered by insurance because insurance doesn't recognize that the amalgams as harmful.
Darrell

United States

#8 Jun 20, 2008
A simple filling costs about 150 dollars. A crown costs over 1000.

Teeth which yesterday were saved with fillings, both amalgam and composite, will be extracted.

Not everyone has dental insurance anyway.
uh-yeah

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#9 Jun 20, 2008
Darrell wrote:
A simple filling costs about 150 dollars. A crown costs over 1000.
Teeth which yesterday were saved with fillings, both amalgam and composite, will be extracted.
Not everyone has dental insurance anyway.
Darrell, are you inquiring about this for yourself? Or do you just happen to be curious? With your proximity to Mexico you have options. I know of people that have gone down there for dental work. With the freedom from frivolous lawsuits they can do the work far cheaper. Just a thought.
Darrell

United States

#10 Jun 20, 2008
Dental tourism is not an option for most people.
Darrell

United States

#11 Jun 21, 2008
Did you know that the plastic in dentures also contain BPA?
Darrell

United States

#12 Jun 22, 2008
What happened to the activists who are vehemently opposed to amalgam?

It wasn't that long ago that when I would point out the benefits of mercury-silver alloys for restoring teeth, it would attract radicals like flies to bad science.

I suppose the BPA scare shut them down. I find it interesting that a consumer advocacy group that hates BPA blindsided a group that hates mercury.

To advocate against both would be a challenging position to defend. I invite you to try it. Darrell Pruitt DDS
Dorice

AOL

#13 Jun 22, 2008
"Mercury can be toxic in some instances, but we haven't determined whether dental amalgam that contains mercury has health effects," said Peper Long, an FDA spokeswoman. "We're continuing to look at what specific controls, if any, we need to ensure that dental amalgam is safe and effective."
This statement captures the essence of what is so wrong with the argument that mercury fillings are safe. How is it that the FDA and ADA can lead the public to believe mercury "silver" fillings are safe with the likes of the referenced statement?
Kudos to the journalist for picking up on the fuzzy logic.
Freya Koss PA Coalition

AOL

#14 Jun 22, 2008
There is no reason whatsoever for the continued use of mercury filings. FDA and ADA have have no proof whatsoever of safety,however there are hundreds of scientific studies which prove the dangers and neurotoxicity. The general public must start questioning rather than accepting the lies of the ADA. They are only intersted in protecting the dental profession, not the public. The health risks of dental amalgam have been covered up by the FDA and ADA for far too many years. Why the continued charade....fear of litigation!
Go to www.iaomt.org and www.toxicteeth.org for the truth.
I'm one of millions who has been harmed. I was lucky however, I questioned diagnosis of MS, Lupus and Myasthenia Gravis....had my fillings removed and recovered.
http://www.toxicteeth.org/forms/mainLineToday...
Protect yourself and your children....say no to mercury fillings.
FDA admits that mercury fillings are a potential health risks to pregnant women and children.
Freya Koss
PA Coalition for Mercury-Free Dentistry
Darrell

United States

#15 Jun 23, 2008
I think those who are for Mercury-Free Dentistry should start defending composite fillings really soon or American dentists could be left with no filling material at all because of silly reasons.

The ADA is an excellent place to do research. They recently published an article to reassure patients that composite restorations pose no risk to virtually anyone. Rather than junk science, you can arm yourself with well-respected research for once. Dentists have much more difficulty discounting the research that comes from their own ADA.
http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/pubs/adanew...

Of course, you should also know that the ADA says the same about the safety of dental amalgam also.
http://www.ada.org/prof/advocacy/issues/amalg...
Dorice

AOL

#16 Jun 23, 2008
Yes and therin lies the rub. The ADA has had a unique collaborative relationship with the FDA for many decades. OThers might consider it to be a relationship of influence. Interestingly, the ADA refused for many years to informed consent on regarding mercury in fillings. Curiously it now speaks about alerting dental patients about BPA. Is it by chance that by holding a patent the ADA had a financial interest in mercury fillings? Oddly enough mercury fillings otherwise called silver fillings were never approved by the FDA, rather only parts were. From an environmental perspective alone, there should be a ban on mercury fillings. Only as recent as the Fall of 2007 did the ADA finally concede to the use of mercury separators. Without question preventative oral health is preferrable, but then again so is full disclosure of the facts.
Darrell

United States

#17 Jun 23, 2008
OK, Dorice. You and everyone in the nation hates amalgam fillings and gets them banned forever. Let us imagine that you win.
What happens when composite fillings are banned as well?
Dorice

AOL

#18 Jun 23, 2008
Dear Dr. Pruitt:
What is more contemptable than mercury fillings is the great cover-up of the truth that mercury fillings have contributed to adverse health implications to countless people; in great part without their knowledge. Countless reviews on the safety of mercury fillings have resulted in the same criticism that supportive data on safety is lacking. Moreover, according to the FDA's testimony in 2006 there are no known stats on what constitutes the threshold for the "sensitive" population. There are however studies that show a direct link between the amount of mercury in cord blood and the number of fillngs in the mother. By the way the study considered the fish intake in the mother's diet and still revealed that the mercury from fillings was directly related. Now what do you think that does to a fetus? The issue of body burden and the totality of exposures is a critical component that deserves more attention. Perhaps we do need to look at greater preventative care, which includes a complement of healthy life choices.
Darrell

United States

#19 Jun 23, 2008
For the sake of carrying this conversation forward, I agree. Amalgam is poison. Now what?

There are passionate consumer advocates like you who are against BPA. Should that be banned as well? Parents are already suing baby bottle companies over BPA for crying out loud.
Griff DDS

Fort Worth, TX

#20 Jun 23, 2008
I've practiced dentistry 34 years. I have amalgams and my family has amalgams. I was a Naval dental officer with the Third Marine Division - I never saw any "neurotoxicity" among Marines. Most of the people seeking amalgam removal have some form of chronic fatigue syndrome; an illness with many more probable psychogenic causes, as opposed to physical. I have yet to personally meet an individual who felt better AFTER amalgam removal but I've met many who admit there was NO improvement. One of my amalgams was done in 1976 at Camp Pendleton. It and my tooth are still just fine 32 years later. I regularly see amalgams that have lasted over 50 years in my geriatric patients. On the other hand many composites fail at the 5-7 year mark and virtually none make it past a decade in stress bearing areas. One last point - if you want to go to Mexico remember you will get no follow up care. My basic impression is it is very crude, with little concern for periodontal problems; in that it is very much like Balkan dentistry.

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