Amalgam removal - Mercury removal

Replacing amalgam fillings in the teeth with plastic or another material requires some preparation and insight, since the removal can release harmful quantities of mercury into the body. Here is some advice.

When performing mercury free dental treatment one aspires to make sure that the prevention and treatment is not harmful for either patients, dentists, or staff.

This includes total absence of toxic or any kind of harmful substances in the dental treatment. Moreover, the treatment that is used has naturally prophylactic abilities. In mercury free dental treatment, a holistic point of view is adopted as a natural consequence of the fact that the oral cavity and the teeth are extremely important bodily organs and that stress and damage to the the teeth and oral cavity therefore can cause damage to other body systems as well.

Scientific documentation
The fact that amalgam fillings can have stressful effects on the immune system has been thoroughly examined on humans in a direct examination. An examination called Coor's study included 35 healthy volunteers. The study which is named after the Coor family was financed by private fundings so that it would be guaranteed independence of any conflicting interests, as those of dental practitioners and medical industries for example, which might have influenced the results.

Blood samples were collected before and after the removal of amalgam fillings. First the subjects had their old amalgam fillings replaced by plastic fillings. After this, plastic fillings were removed and again replaced by amalgam in the same teeth as treated before, and finally the new amalgam fillings were again removed and replaced by plastic inlay. Following each treatment samples were collected to test the reaction of the white and red blood cells and any change in number (blood count) that might arise from the procedure. Other available variables as changes in blood cholesterol, kidney- and liver function, and others were also measured.

From the results, the investigators were able to conclude that amalgam fillings had measurable effects on both blood chemistry, kidney- and liver function, and several other important body functions, influencing the biochemistry of important body organs and tissues in a negative direction.

The damaging effects of mercury from amalgam fillings on the kidney and the resulting decay in kidney function of both animals and humans has been documented in another scientific investigation, independent of the Coor's study. In addition to this, mercury has negative effects on all body functions, organs, and tissues. Mercury from amalgam fillings can damage the liver, glands, central nervous system, heart ect. Dental mercury poisoning may therefore very well be the prime cause of a number of diseases, genetic defects, and symptoms that are common in the western world, and are therefore only treated symptomatically or not treated at all.

Symptoms of amalgam poisoning may be present in all body system, and the list of symptoms is therefore very long. The following constitute the most familiar: Anxiety, bleeding of the gums, depression, impairment of memory, anaesthesia, headaches, irritability, sensations of metallic taste in the mouth, cramps, paralyzation, low metabolic rate, feebleness, difficulties concentrating, pains of the joints and muscles, gastro-intestinal complications, prickling, tingling, and shaking of the fingers and hands, low blood sugar, fungal infections, no commitment, tiredness, exhaustion, and suicidal thoughts.

In women, the symptoms of stress on the body systems brought about by amalgam poisoning are most obvious during the period of menstruation. Some have very strong reactions to amalgam fillings, some have milder reactions. If any of the symptoms mentioned above are present on a regular basis, one should consider having one's amalgam fillings removed and replaced by other materials, preferentially plastic. This treatment should take place during a period of at least a few months. The removal of amalgam fillings is able to reduce the symptoms seen before treatment with 80 - 90%, and generally improve the quality of life. On the other hand, if the amalgam removal does not take place under conditions of great insight and consideration, for example without a proceeding examination, diagnosis, immuno-stimulating treament, following the correct order of replacements, or by using other biologically active materials, the consequences can be injurious to the health. 20 - 50% of all peolpe who receive amalgam replacement experience symptoms known as after pains. These are dominated by increased sensitivity of the teeth to cold and sweet sensations and to pressure. These pains decrease progressively and will often be totally absent within 3 months of treatment.
General malaise is also common during the period of amalgam removals. This is completely normal, and only a sign that the body is detoxifying itself; getting rid of the mercury accumulated in organs and tissues.

Ceramic materials and gold are preferred for their strength and endurance and are considered to be the best alternatives to amalgam. However, these fillings are more difficult and expensive to make, and other metallic inlay - especially metallic porcelain - can be problematic for some people, as one has to keep in mind that amalgam poisoning is a combinatorial condition caused by intoxication with mercury, tin, copper, and silver.

Crowns, bridges, or dentures should always be made from tissue-friendly materials in a dental lab. Some dentists take tests to determine which inlay is most biologically acceptable for the individual patient; that is materials to which the given patient does not respond in any harmful way.

In cases of uncertainty, the dentist will sometimes prepare test samples of the different materials in question and have these tested against tissue samples from the patient to gain a measure of bio-compatibility. Experiences with tissue-friendly plastic materials have shown that, if handled correctly, plastic is actually more durable than amalgam as filling material, since plastic will not burst in the way that amalgam does following trauma or simply because of tear and wear. Plastic can be used for all sizes of fillings and remodelling, although the procedure requires special dental equipment and skilled assistance.
Newer plastic materials are supported by a crystallic structure instead of being composed of small grains supplying the material with great wearability and tensile strenght, approaching that of the natural enamel of the teeth.
Plastic fillings are more expensive than silver-amalgam fillings because of the higher cost of the material and the fact that it takes two to three times longer to construct a plastic filling.
In the long run, it might actually proove to be cheaper to have your fillings made with plastic than with amalgam because of the greater durability of the inlay. The dentist will often reserve at least a whole hour for the removal and replacement of one single amalgam filling. Many dentists offer warrantees of 1 - 5 years of duration on plastic fillings.

Metal allergics
People who are allergic to mercury will experience general malaise during the weeks it takes for the body to detoxify itself after each removal and replacement of an amalgam filling. They should therefore make sure to avoid any medical or natural remedy capable of potentiating the detoxification of mercury since they will aggravate the allergic symptoms.


Since the removal of amalgam fillings involves considerable risks of health injuries because of the generation of mercury vapour during the removal of the inlay, it is important to find a skilled dentist who possesses knowledge of the risks involved in the procedure. Someone who has experience in the field and gives consideration to the necessary protective measurements concerning the procedure.

It may be a good idea to only replace one or two fillings at first to see how the whole thing goes. If there are no complications at this point, the dentist can make a plan for the following treatment. It may also be a good idea to draw up a budget of the total expences of the procedure before the first treatment. Some choose to have the replacement done over a number of stages. Since the procedure can have considerable psychological and physical side effects, it is often a good idea to give concern to the time one chooses to begin the treatment. This should be a time of psycological and physical well-being and economical security. When having a large number of amalgam fillings replaced by plastic fillings, it can be a good idea to follow a detoxifying program. This involves following a diet that is arranged around foods that support the detoxification of mercury and taking supplements and other remedies that have detoxifying abilities.
The replacement of amalgam fillings shold be done over a period of at least 1 - 2 months and longer for people who have increased vulnerability to the procedure. As mentioned earlier, the replacement should be performed by a dentist who has knowledge of the risks involved in the procedure. The fillings are sometimes negatively charged and in this case the most negative have to be removed first. The dentist will therefore often perform a tooth current test before initiating treatment.

In this context it should be mentioned that some believe that the different replacements should not be performed on the same day of the week because of our specific biological rhythms. The immune system is said to have a 7-day rhythm and a removal on the same day of the week might aggravate the detoxifying symptoms. Especially a removal on the 21st. day after the removal of the previous replacement should be avoided, since this could have negative effects on the immune system.

In general, women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should postpone large amalgam replacements until after they have given birth and are done breast-feeding to protect both the embryo and child against the substantial mercury load. If it is necessary to replace single fillings, this can be done without risks of injuries to the embryo or child. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should always tell their dentist about their condition.

To guarantee an optimum protection for the client, dentist, and dental personnel when performing an amalgam removal, the dentist should take certain measures against the involved health risks. Some of these are listed here:

  • Always use plenty of water
  • Powerful suction when removing the old fillings
  • Extern suction
  • Cofferdam; a rubber device that is placed around the teeth when the fillings are removed to prevent mercury from getting into the gastro-intestinal tract
  • Oxygen, coal-filter and/or fresh-air mask to prevent inhalation of mercury vapour
  • It can be a good idea to use a nose- and eye protective device (3M-no8810)
  • An air-sanitizer, such as an ionizing apparatus for example (O2 negative ionizing) that cleans the air of amalgam vapour, metalions, airborne particles, bacteria, and vira.

2-3 coal tablets are taken together with 2 cl. of alcohol (snaps, vodka, whiskey, sake etc.) 30 minutes before the procedure, together with a meal to bind mercury in the blood stream which facilitates elimination. Take 2 additional coal tablets 2 hours after the procedure and again 2 more tablets after another 2 hours. On the 3rd or 4th day after the procedure strong physical or psychological reactions to the mercury strain have been known to occur. These include anxiety attacks, depression, diarrhoea, constipation, headache, memory dysfunction, flu symptoms, low blood sugar, joint- and muscle pains, soreness around the kidneys, dizziness, insomnia, pronounced fatigue, and general feelings of physical and psychological unbalance. In this case it is a good idea to be extra gentle with yourself. If many of these stress symptoms are present it is a good idea to continue taking coal tablets the first few days following the procedure. It is recommended to drink plenty of water and diluted fruit- or vegetable juice during this period, at least 2-3 litres a day.

Foods that support the detoxification of heavy metals

  • Foods rich in fibres and protein such as: all ecological vegetables, especially pulse, beans and spinach, buckwheat, brown rice, fruits, whole millet, whole cereals, soya beens, tofu, and white meat
  • Also: seaweed, butter, and purgative herbs such as garlic
  • Essential fatty acids from fish, flaxseed, oil from evening primrose, borage oil, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, thistle- and walnut oil

One has to respect allergies, though, which are often caused by dairy products, gluten, wheat and/or solanaceaes, or tomatoes, potatoes, pepper, and aubergine. People suffering from candidiasis, food-allergy, or food-intolerence, should continue following their prescripted diet. It is a good idea for allergics to see a specialiced therapist regularly during this period. One can also get individual advice on diet by a dietist.

It is recommended to avoid

  • Calcium and dolomite supplements, together with calcium-rich foods such as chease and other dairy products since calcium impedes the elimination of mercury
  • Coffee, black tea, sodas, and alcohol
  • Gum since it releases mercury from fillings
  • Mercury-rich fish such as tuna, swordfish, and shellfish
  • Refined flour, margarine, fish products, fish, and pork
  • Smoking, since it increases the liberation of mercury
  • Stress
  • Also sugar, all sweets, chocolate and sweeteners

It is recommended to take supplements in large doses until at least one week from replacement of fillings and continue for up to three months after the procedure. Especially the antioxidants vitamin C and -E, vitamin B5 and -B6, other types of vitamin B (as a complex), folic acid, Co-enzyme Q10, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc have detoxifying abilities and strengthen the immune system. These supplements are important because of their abilities to:
1. Eliminate mercury from the cells by

  • Sanitation of the cell membrane
  • Releasing mercury from the tissues
  • Removing mercury from the blood stream and
  • Eliminating it through the urine

2. Counteract aggravation of the symptoms.

3. Make way for the rebuilding of damaged tissue by generally stimulating body functions that strengthen the whole organism.

Relevant daily supplements
Vitamin-mineral tablets:

  • B-complex
  • Co-enzyme Q10
  • Magnesium (single supplement; preferably 1/2 hour before bedtime)
  • Selenium (both organic and inorganic)
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C (as sodium ascorbate)
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc (single supplement; preferably 1/2 hour before bedtime)

Herbs and herbal products:

  • Chlorella (green algea)
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum):
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Has potent detoxifying abilities. Specifically, it stimulates the liver and gall bladder to eliminate waste products and stimulates the kidneys to excrete them through the urine.
  • Garlic (Allium Sativum): has blood purifying abilities.
  • Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea): Cleans and detoxifies the kidneys.
  • Kelp (seaweed)
  • Milk thistle (Silybum marianum): Detoxifies and protects the liver.
  • Parsley (Petreoselinum crispum): Stimulates the elimination of waste products and the excretion of them through the kidneys.
  • Pygnogenol
  • Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica): has blood purifying abilities.
  • Watercress (Nasturtium officinale): Has detoxifying an diuretic abilities.

Amino acids:

  • Cysteine
  • Glutathione
  • Methionine

Other products:

  • Garlic
  • Lecithine

Other mercury binding treatments:

  • Injections of vitamin C
  • Mouth-wash with EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetate) and as injections immediately after the procedure

These and the following treatments are offered by orthomolecular physicians: Intravenous DMPS therapy (Dimaval/2,3-dimercaptopropane-sulphonate) and oral and intravenous DMSA (dimercapto-succinic acid) has been used for quite some time. Both treatments have numerous side effects, though, and the use of them is therefore decreasing.

Herbs and homeopathic antidotes and organic preparations are also used for detoxification, because of their ability to release and eliminate accumulated mercury. (If homeopathic remedies are used, one should avoid metal, fluorine toothpaste, peppermint, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and strong spices half an hour before and after taking the homeopathic remedie(s). Intake of homeopathic remedies coded with amalgam or mercury ought to be combined with e.g. coal tablets or Chlorella algae. These preparations are to bind the heavy metals liberated by the homeopathy and guide them out of the body).

Metal allergics
People who are allergic to mercury should not stress their immune system further by taking amalgam-eliminating remedies and products when engaging into removal and replacement of amalgam fillings. Instead, symptoms can be weakened by having a doctor giving an injection of 25 g. of ascorbic acid intravenously as soon after the amalgam replacement as possible. The degree of metal allergy can be estimated by using a MELISA-test.

Supportive therapy suggestions
Bach's flower remedies, chiropratic help, cranio-sacral therapy, dry-brushing, exercise, Feldenkreis, hypnosis (against fear/anxiety), light body massage, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, psycological support and consideration, reflexology, relaxation therapy, rest, steam baths, stress-relief, yoga, and all other treatments effective at relaxing strained and stiff muscles, relieving tension and metal accumulation in the muscles, joints, and nerves, or in other ways having stabilizing effects on the mental condition.


Parsley and seeds from Petroselinum crispum should not be taken by people suffering from kidney disease or during pregnancy.


Also see: "Candidiasis", "Depression", "Digestive problems", "Disseminated sclerosis", "Food allergy", "Food intolerance", "Heavy metal poisoning", "Low blood sugar", "MCS Multiple Chemical Sensitivity", "Mercury poisoning", and "Tiredness".

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