The Mercury Controversy

Do you still have metal fillings, or are you considering have a cavity filled with metal? You might want to pay attention to a debate in the dental community and beyond known as the Mercury Controversy. Our patients are sometimes unaware of the hazard these fillings could present. Many patients with metal fillings complain that a variety of health problems plague them—and attribute their health concerns to the mercury found in their metal fillings.

Health complaints include :

  • Chronic illnesses
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Degenerative brain and nervous system diseases
  • Birth defects
  • Mouth lesions
  • Mental disorders

Support for claims that mercury can impact overall health comes from a variety of sources, including:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that mercury exposure can increase during tooth grinding, brushing teeth or chewing gum, and quotes a report stating that these activities cause a 5.3 fold increase in mercury.
  • A Swedish autopsy-based study measured mercury levels in brains and kidneys and found that more metal fillings meant a greater mercury content.
  • A German study found that mercury urinary excretion was significantly higher in those with mercury amalgam fillings.
  • Research on monkeys demonstrated that mercury from dental restorations builds up in the brain, kidney, lung and liver.

If you or a loved one is interested in replacing your metal fillings or you need to have a new filling put in, please set an appointment with the dental team of Dr. Lesueur and Dr. Dodaro today at 480-834-6991. We use only porcelain/composite white fillings to avoid any risk of health complications.

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