Mercury amalgam removal
Updated Oct 10, 2003
A photo: Having fun before my second procedure
Why I chose to have my amalgams removed
- Mercury did terrible damage to my girlfriend's health; removal of her
remaining amalgams improved her health and emotions in remarkable ways
In 1982, she had amalgams removed for cosmetic reasons by a dentist
who showed no special care in amalgam removal. (Hey, the industry
asserts that there is "no danger" in amalgams, so "why should he have
done any different?") Drilling releases mercury from the amalgam in
vapor form (noted as the most dangerous form); also, particles of
amalgam no doubt fell into her mouth and were eventually swallowed. 10
days later, she buckled over from severe heart pain, only the
beginning of many severe health struggles, including nocturnal
seizures, arrhythmia and multiple chemical sensitivity. It wasn't
until 20 years later that she made the connection between the improper
amalgam removal and her "countless" visits to doctors and hospitals
for serious health problems.
In 1996, she had a couple amalgam fillings added "out of sight in the
back." A couple weeks later, she felt terrible anger. She attributed it
to a new medication and stopped the medication, but the elevated anger
In 2002 and 2003, she had all traces of amalgam removed with great
care and protection. Since then, some significant health problems of
hers have greatly reduced. To her great surprise, she felt less angry,
and feelings of self-condemnation lifted. Her thinking became much
clearer. And most importantly, her nocturnal gran mal seizures are
almost gone. (She used to have an average of ten per year; in the year
following the mercury removal, she has had only one. She is still
working on the detoxification of her whole body from residual mercury,
which is most attracted to the central nervous system, heart, liver,
kidneys, pancreas, etc.
- My girlfriend laid on the pressure
No wonder she wanted me to be well. She had benefited so much.
Around the time of her final amalgam removal, she rented a mercury
vapor analyzer. In her mouth, she got readings of 15-20 parts per
billion (ppb). In mine, she got 50-150 ppb! I'm a teeth grinder, and
that (and even basic brushing of teeth and chewing) are known to
increase the amount of mercury vapor emanating from an amalgam (and
thus more readily absorbed into my system, to my harm).
I had eight amalgam fillings. She had just three tiny ones. She pleaded
occasionally for me to get my amalgams out. It makes sense, from her
own experience, that she would have high hopes for how removal of my
amalgams might help my emotions, energy and thinking.
An illness of mine in 9/2003 motivated her to ratchet up the pressure
to get the work done for the sake of my immune system (and whatever
other benefits I might observe).
She also wanted my work done for her health, considering what our
future might be. Her body can't tolerate mercury, and if I still have
mercury in my mouth, simply exhaling can send mercury vapor her way
and be of harm to her.
- I wanted to remove the burden on my immune system
I made a list of Pros and Cons of getting the work done.
Cost, risk of losing teeth and ability to chew for months, and pain
were my greatest concerns. Big concerns.
But I also knew that I had a poison in my mouth. My teeth were
giving off mercury vapor. Mercury doesn't belong in my body. If I took
action now, I would remove that question of the impact of mercury on
my mouth, giving my body a better chance of dealing with the current
and future illness than if I left the mercury there. I would also
remove that barrier to my future with my girlfriend (is that being
"willing to give my eye teeth for her"?). And perhaps there was decay
under my amalgams that would go undetected (and result in future, more
costly dental work) if I did not have the amalgams removed now.
- There are so many success stories
It is great to read so many stories out there of people finding
freedom from a wide range of ailments, all because they had their
amalgams removed. I've read personal accounts of finding freedom from
some or many symptoms of MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety,
depression, migraines, etc. It is because so many people have shared
their success stories that more attention is being given to this topic
and hope offered to those who suffer. Is it a cure-all? Certainly not
for everyone, and perhaps not even for me. But enough people
have clearly benefited that it is worth my scrutiny for my own
I am expecting nothing more from this procedure than the
reduction of burden on my immune system. Sure, it would be great to
feel less irritable or anxious, have more energy, feel like my
thinking is clearer. But I won't get my hopes up. I've made this
move for my general health and for my girlfriend.
Not just any dentist, not just any protocol
If you have any thoughts of doing this for yourself or recommending
it for someone else, please, oh please do your homework. This includes
three major points:
- The dentist should be in the camp that believes that mercury in
amalgams is harmful.
The majority of dentists, unfortunately, lean
toward the belief or practice that mercury can never escape from the
filling and that therefore amalgams are not harmful and need no
special handling upon removal. Hey, I've got the mercury vapor
analyzer results from my own fillings!
My regular dentist expressed willingness to replace my amalgams
with composites (hey, who would pass on an opportunity to make some
money), but I concluded it was worth paying more for a dentist
who had studied these issues and would go those extra steps to
protect me from mercury during the procedure.
- A patient-protecting protocol should be followed that reflects
the fact that mercury is harmful to the body.
I had a "rubber dam" in my mouth (a latex drape that covers the
entire mouth and funnels down to the particular teeth being worked on,
so that particles do not fall into the mouth and are more readily
retrieved by an assistant with suction tube in hand), an oxygen mask
on my nose, a towel over my eyes, a gown over my clothing, a HEPA
filter in the room, an ionizer... With some searching on the net, you
should be able to find such protocol lists. Do not just "have the
amalgams drilled out" with no additional protection! (My girlfriend
says that mercury vapor can still travel right through the latex dam.
The most careful protocols require a second suction tube under the
rubber dam, to remove the mercury vapor, instead of allowing it to be
absorbed through mouth tissue. Our dentist was not able to provide
I opted to have discoloration ground out of my teeth, discoloration
due to amalgams. My thinking: the stain is from the amalgam, the
amalgam is leaking mercury, therefore the stain includes mercury, so
get rid of the stain while you're in there tearing up my tooth. That
was further than my dentist wanted to go (wanting to limit his actions
to be conservative and minimally invasive). I understand that other
mercury-free dentists would insist on removing the stain. My
girlfriend pursued me on this item as well, so I asked my dentist to
do that extra work, so there's no question. Lose some teeth in the
future as a result? I might. Avoid having to consider more dental work
for complete cleanup in the future when new health problems arise?
- You should find out which materials are safer for your teeth.
Etchants, cements, composites...all sorts of materials are used
when redoing your teeth!
There is a Clifford Reactivity
Test that reports widely used dental materials and whether each is
Safe (S) or Not Safe (NS) for you specifically.
My results came in handy on the second dental appointment; they had
run out of a particular etchant and were able to check that an
alternate was S for me. Nickel is used in many dental products, and I
can't do nickel, among other ingredients. Further, I opted not to have
gold crowns nor to have porcelain on a gold base. I chose the most
brittle of the three options, pure porcelain, because there were
enough folks who touted problems with gold crowns, such as introducing
electrical charge into one's teeth (charge which someone noted as
being 1000 times greater than the electricity that your brain runs on)
and body reaction to metals (gold crowns aren't pure gold--they have
other metals mixed in, and you might react to such metals).
I've seen some stories of people who experienced significant pains
from the new materials in their mouths--I wonder if they were aware
of or pursued any such tests for compatibility.
Have I taken extreme measures in removing the amalgams?
Maybe I'd be just fine with gold crowns. Look how many people are!
But at least I've eliminated a possible contributor.