Recently I finally followed through with my desire to replace my amalgam cavity fillings (aka mercury fillings) with composite fillings. With so much information out there (and increasing everyday) against having amalgam fillings and about the detrimental effects of having your body exposed to the mercury from them, I decided to “bite the bullet” and get it done.
I would like to share my experience with you.
First, I needed to choose a mercury-free dentist. It is important to choose someone that has been proficiently trained to take the fillings out because there is a lot of possibility for a large amount of exposure while getting them removed.
Don’t think that because someone is a dentist that they automatically know what they are doing as far as mercury filling removal.
In fact, I had a local dentist offer to just “take them out, it won’t be a problem”, meaning that no extra safety precautions would have been used.
You can begin looking for a qualified dentist at these sites:
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
In searching, the closest appropriate dentist was about 2 ½ hours away from me. I wasn’t thrilled with that as not only do I find going to a “regular” dentist quite stressful, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know if I would be in any shape to drive home after all of that.
While planning a trip to CT (my home state) to visit family, I decided to check the area to see if there was something closer…. and there sure was! About a half hour away from where I would be staying was a few mercury safe/ mercury free dentists to choose from.
I called several of the dentists in CT and asked what their protocols where and their costs. Some didn’t use quite as many safety protocols as others and some were less expensive than others.
I decided on a dentist and made an appointment. I called my dentist. They sent me my X-rays and I forwarded them to the CT dentist.
You would think that I would just sit back and wait. No, this is ME we are talking about. I made sure that my diet was wonderfully filled with lots of organic vegetables and some organic pasture raised meat. I was sure to drink plenty of water and leave out any caffeine or alcohol for the next several weeks. I also made sure that I took my vitamins faithfully (which is HUGELY important when you have MTHFR- which 50% of the population does!)
We arrived in CT on Friday and my appointment was Monday morning.
Arriving to the appointment well hydrated and lightly fed, I had also taken activated charcoal before I left. Any mercury or other metals that I was exposed to during this procedure would (hopefully) bind to the charcoal instead of binding to me and causing me injury.
I met with the dentist and dental assistant. They both made me feel comfortable. I was put in the chair after donning a long gown. Given goggles to wear and a hair cover and then supplying me with oxygen through a “nose mask”, I knew that they knew what they were doing.
They placed a regular “dentist style” suction tube in my mouth and then laid a rubber dam across my mouth. It is kind of like a thick flat busted balloon that they stretch over your mouth. It has one hole in it to expose the tooth that they are going to work on. They had a vacuum placed on top of that to vacuum up particles, dust and vapors that would be released as he used the slow speed drill to carefully remove the fillings. It is important to remove them in as big of pieces as possible.
After putting on my headphones so that I could listen to the “Heal Faster” CD while they were working, we were all ready. I was actually very excited and happy—a first while sitting in a dentist’s chair!
One by one, he carefully removed the fillings and replaced them with composites, with 5 replacements taking about 2 hours.
Apparently there is a company that can determine which type of composite filling is right for you by checking different material’s compatibilities with your specific body. Due to time and money constraints (it’s about $300), I didn’t do this though.
Using traditional numbing meds (without epinephrine), I didn’t feel a thing (WONDERFUL!).
Total cost…. $1387.00
It IS a lot of money, but when the doctor asked me what kind of symptoms I was having and why I wanted to get the fillings out, I told him that I wasn’t aware of any particular symptoms and wanted it to stay that way… so GET THEM OUT! With a slow, long term exposure to mercury though, how could I say that any joint pain, headaches, fogginess or whatever couldn’t be related to the mercury- there is no way to know!
He mentioned that most people that come in to get them out are in health compromised states.
Please remember 3 things about that:
1. Mercury is a toxic poison to the human body.
- The health of the mouth gives clues to the health of the body and oral health is VERY important to overall body health.
- In Chinese medicine, each tooth is on a specific energy meridian. If you are having health issues, be sure to check its relation to your teeth. You may have an infection, a filling, crown or root canal on that energy meridian that can be addressed.
Here is a great interactive chart to show you what I mean.
That afternoon (after I drove home with absolutely no difficulty- just like a regular trip to the dentist), I went to my mom’s house, where I was staying, and did a coffee enema . Coffee enemas are a great way to increase glutathione in the body. Glutathione is the “mother” of all antioxidants. It can “recharge” them after they have been used up.
After that, I headed to a cousin’s house and hopped in their sauna. Using a sauna and sweating profusely is a great way to rid the body of heavy metals like mercury. I also used the activated charcoal for another 24 hours.
Although the doctor had warned me about the possibility of having “flu symptoms”- due to any mercury or mercury vapors getting in my system during the procedure- I felt great and never missed a beat. I continued on my regular supplements, including NAC- N-Acetyl Cysteine (a glutathione precursor), Vitamin D and increasing Vitamin C and chlorella, and showed no signs of exposure.
Perhaps I went a little overboard trying to plan and control any mercury exposure I had?
I don’t care. I used benign treatments and supplements that didn’t injure my body in any way and according to my body (not having any symptoms) did a pretty good job.
Now that’s a job that is “once and done”. I will NEVER have another amalgam filling, so no more will need to be removed. Maybe if I keep to Ramiel Nagel’s protocol in “Cure Tooth Decay”, perhaps I will never have another cavity- EVER, or at least be able to remineralize a tooth if I do!
Believe it or not, I have also worried about the idea of my passing and if my fillings would be dealt with properly. I don’t want to injure any individual OR the environment while I am alive OR while I’m dead. I have peace of mind about that too now.
I would encourage anyone to do your research and to get those amalgams removed. To me, as far as cost…. you either pay now ($) or pay later with your health.
Overcoming the fear of the procedure, the costs and planning properly to get it done, while half way through the procedure, they gave me (and them) a break. All I could do is smile and keep telling them “I’m so proud of me and I’m so happy for my body”. I don’t know if they thought I was nuts as I kept repeating, but I know it was the right thing for me.
I hope that this information will help you determine that it is right for you.