Silver fillings (also known as amalgams) release low levels of mercury vapor into the body. While the position of the American Dental Association is that amalgam is safe to use, there is increasing evidence that amalgam may not be safe at all.
- This study supports a link between dental amalgam and chronic illness, mental disorders, and even suicide.
- Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany have all banned or restricted the use of mercury in dental amalgams.
- The EU has banned dental amalgam use in children, and pregnant women.
- A large round up of scientific studies can be found here.
The data on amalgam is currently both conflicting and controversial, but the main point is:
With so many other options available as dental fillers in an age of safer, biocompatible materials: Why not just use something else?
If you are concerned about the amalgam fillings you already have, make an appointment with Dr. Vane.
If you decide you want to have your existing amalgams fillings removed, it is critical to remove amalgam safely, since up to 100x the amount of mercury vapor can be released during removal, and only a dentist with specialized, safe training should remove amalgams.