Are Amalgam Fillings Dangerous?
Although the American Dental Association still calls amalgam “safe,” most amalgams contain more than 50% mercury, which is a known neurotoxin. With the advances in dental materials, there is really no reason other than cost to place a mercury-containing filling in someone’s tooth. In fact, Dr. Rogers has not placed an amalgam filling since 1997.
What is not widely discussed is that removing an old amalgam filling can release more mercury than simply leaving it in place. At our practice we follow the guidelines published by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, including cut-and-chunk technique, copious water irrigation, double suction technique, and – if the patient desires – Chlorella rinses.