Professional amalgam removal
Amalgam has been used as a material for dental fillings for about 150 years. Amalgam is a mixture consisting of 50% mercury. The other half consists of zinc, copper, silver, tin and other heavy metals such as palladium.
How mercury enters the body
Mercury is highly toxic to the human body in any amount. It is always released in small quantities from dental fillings. This happens through mechanical abrasion or acidic food and drinks. Via the digestive tract, the mercury reaches the bloodstream and finally the organs, the bones and the brain.
Mercury from dental fillings can also enter the body and brain directly via the dental nerve.
How mercury acts in the human body
- Mercury blocks enzymes, so that various metabolic processes can only proceed at a slower rate. If the enzymes of the respiratory chain in the mitochondria are blocked, this can result in chronic exhaustion.
- Mercury promotes the storage of other environmental toxins and slows down their excretion.
- Mercury stimulates the formation of free radicals. This weakens the mitochondria and promotes chronic inflammatory processes in the body.
- Mercury tricks the immune system: The immune system recognizes the body’s own cells by certain surface proteins. When mercury binds to these proteins, the immune system sees the cells as foreign and fights them off. This could lead to autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, chronic inflammatory intestinal diseases (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis) or type 1 diabetes.
- Mercury damages the DNA.
- Mercury can promote the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This can lead to antibiotics no longer working when needed.
- Mercury can damage nerve cells. Where mercury is stored in the brain, no new nerve connections can develop. Diseases such as depression, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) etc. can be the result.
- Mercury can disturb the hormonal balance of the thyroid gland. As a result, mercury can promote thyroid disease.
- Mercury binds micronutrients such as selenium; these are no longer available to the body for metabolism.
- Mercury can contribute to the development of fibromyalgia if it is stored in the area of muscles and nerves.
Old amalgam fillings should be removed professionally. Professional means that when removing old amalgam fillings, no mercury vapours or remnants of the filling enter the body. Holistic dentists take this into account when removing amalgam. The International Society for Holistic Dentistry and the German Society for Environmental Dentistry offer an appropriate dentist search on their website.
Attention: Amalgam fillings and remnants of amalgam can also be hidden under crowns.
Safe amalgam removal
- Intestine and micronutrient status should be in good condition to eliminate possible amalgam contamination
- If not already done, a heavy metal provocation test is recommended on the day of amalgam removal in this test the body is equipped with a mercury binding agent (usually DMPS) before the amalgam is removed. An urine sample taken before and after taking the binder gives an indication of the general heavy metal load in the body.
- As many protective measures as possible should be taken during amalgam removal to prevent mercury or mercury vapours from entering the body. Proven protective measures are:
- A rubber dam. It prevents parts of the drilled out amalgam filling from entering the oral cavity. However, the rubber dam cannot stop mercury vapours.
- Mercury vapours produced by heat during drilling should be extracted immediately (clean-up suction).
- A special drill with low speed minimizes the formation of mercury vapors.
- A breathing mask with fresh air supply (the air should not come from the treatment room) prevents the inhalation of mercury vapours. (Dentists and staff can protect themselves with gold breathing masks).
- Glasses (the edges around the eyes should be closed, a standard pair of swimming goggles is sufficient) protect the eyes from mercury vapours.
- After removing the amalgam filling, the mouth should be rinsed thoroughly with a sulphur-containing binding agent (e.g. sodium thiosulphate or DMPS) to remove as much amalgam residue as possible.
Tip: If you want to do without the chelating agent infusion immediately before the removal of the amalgam filling(s), you can either take a capsule of DMSA (take it about 4 hours before the removal of the fillings) and/or strengthen your detoxification as follows
2 weeks before the removal until 2 weeks afterwards
- Selenium 200 mg per day
- Zinc 50 mg per day
- Vitamin C 2000 mg per day