But if you’d like to see his show about amalgam, click on Dr. Oz – Toxic Teeth: Are Mercury Fillings Making You Sick? It’s a 3-part video.
I would like to preface this piece by saying that I have not used silver-mercury amalgam in my Boynton Beach practice in nearly 20 years.
At Palm Beach Smiles we offer our patients “white fillings.” There are advantages to these kinds of restorations. The silver mercury amalgams that have been around for 150 years are susceptible to expansion and contraction. This is caused by eating anything hot or cold. This means it’s possible to crack the tooth which will lead to other problems.
White fillings contain no mercury or metal and won’t expand or contract so they are not liable to cause cracking of the tooth. Our patients like white fillings for another reason – they look like natural teeth! Who wants a mouth filled with dark metal teeth?
While there are many patients who report feeling better after replacing their silver-mercury fillings, the bar of scientific proof is much higher. And, so far, there is not a single credible, “peer-reviewed” study that links silver amalgam fillings to any medical issue. At this point in time, scientists cannot link the presence of silver amalgam to any disease. Nor can scientists prove that removal of amalgam will prevent or cure any illness.
That all said, our government agencies seem to be at odds. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has said that amalgam fillings are safe.