Do you have dental mercury fillings in your teeth? Dental amalgam (silver fillings) is made up primarily of mercury, tin, silver, and zinc. Mercury makes up slightly over 50% of the filling by weight. Mercury is one of the most neuro-toxic (nerve damaging) substances on earth. In amalgam fillings, mercury is released slowly until the filling is removed.
Large amounts of mercury can be released during removal. So, precautions must be taken by your dentist to protect the patient from exposure to mercury during removal. The standard for precautions have been set by the dental organization, IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology). Dr. Bennett uses these precautions and replaces the amalgam with composite (tooth colored) material that has been verified as bio-compatible for the patient through a testing process.
New guidelines for the use of mercury amalgam have been published by the FDA on September 24, 2020. Please see my blog for more information.