In Part 2 of Dental Mercury Amalgam Removal – A Key To Beating Lyme Disease?, we went over the selenium supplementation protocol to help overcome selenium starvation due to mercury poisoning and certain infections such as Lyme disease. By replenishing your body with selenium you are boosting your body’s ability to detoxify toxins and poisons.
Ok, if you have decided to remove your mercury-containing fillings, you may be wondering what kind of material you should use as a replacement? As well, is there a special kind of dentist you should go to in order to have the replacement done? The following is the protocol for replacing mercury-containing fillings, given to me by a sagacious now-retired allergist/immunologist.
First, here are some choices of substances that have typically been very well tolerated and can be used when replacing mercury fillings:
1. Ceramic (EMPRESS brand) is best or ultraviolet light-cured plastic.
Plastic filling material: phenolic polymeric resin (DiamondLite brand) is typically tolerated by even very sensitive individuals, and holds up well (it also looks like you natural tooth coloring). It is manufactured by DRM Labs, Inc. PO Box 408, Branford, CT 06405, phone number 888-376-2663. The older Bis GMA plastic filling is often NOT tolerated by sensitive individuals. Plastic fillings are not an ideal choice for large replacements and/or teeth that are in the back of the mouth as these get the most grinding force and are thus subject to breaking down and decaying. But, for small fillings and front teeth, they are fine.
2. Gold (high gold alloy like Bio-H, Bio-C and Sterngold brand).
3. Gold foil is no longer commonly used, but it is another good choice for small fillings.
4. Zirconium with porcelain overlay: This may be the best choice as it is very well tolerated by very sensitive individuals and is extremely strong and durable. It will also be cosmetically unnoticeable.
To cement the ceramic restoration to the tooth, the cement to use if Espe RelyX Unicem cement sold by 3M Company. *note: only use an individual disposable single-use dispenser called a “Bumble Bee” as they give the exact measurement of the two-component, self-curing materials used. If choosing the gold or zirconium, as a temporary filling material while the molds are being made, or if intolerant to the Espe RelyX Unicem cement, use “ZOP” (zinc oxyphosphoric acid) cement (without eugenol!) DO A PATCH TEST FIRST (not needed for the ZOP cement):
What is a dental patch test and how do they do it?
Certain people are intolerant to different chemicals used by dentists. To see if a patient will be intolerant to a certain dental cement or plastic, the dentist should be a dental patch test.
These are the steps:
1. Etch a tooth with standard materials in a usual manner to prepare an approx. 2-milliliter diameter test spot.
2. Bond the RelyX cement or the plastic material in a standard manner in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations to the facial (lateral) aspect of a toot (the first mandibular – lower – pre-molar is easiest for the dentist). Bond a 3-millimeter diameter patch of the test material to the 2-milliliter prepared spot. If RelyX cement is being tested, use the aforementioned single-use “Bumble Bee”.
3. Now the patient will observe for any systemic changes that may occur over the next seven days. If no adverse reactions are noticed, the dentist can then replace a single small mercury fillings using the tested plastic material. Then wait two weeks and observe for any adverse reactions. This is to be absolutely certain you are tolerating the plastic material. Do not confuse a temporary adverse reaction to the chemical vapors you are exposed to in the dentist’s office with a persistent actual intolerance to the material being tested. If no adverse reaction occurs then you may begin replacing the rest of your fillings with the plastic material.
Removing the mercury fillings:
It is very common to have a transitory reaction to the mercury vapors resulting from the removal of the mercury-containing fillings. This temporary reaction will occur during the next few days after the mercury removal and over the next 1-2 weeks it will gradually lessen. If it determined that you are reacting to the plastic, then your only choice is to use the gold or the zirconium filling material with ZOP cement (without eugenol).
I discussed the selenium supplementation protocol with you in Part 2 but you will need to bring your selenium with you to the dentist’s office. Take an extra dose of selenium equal to half the amount that you customarily take every day. Take this dose right after the dental work is done as the selenium will bind to the mercury, which you have been unavoidably exposed to, and inactivate it.
Although vitamin C can be protective against synthetic vapors, DO NOT take vitamin C between the time you awaken in the morning and your dental appointment as it will lessen the effect of the anesthesia. Also, always take vitamin C at least 2 hours apart from selenium as the vitamin C will interfere with your utilization of selenium.
The dentist removing the mercury-containing fillings MUST use three suctions going simultaneously to lessen the amount of mercury you unavoidably exposed to – however, the selenium will protect you against whatever you are exposed to which is why you must bring it with you to your appointment and take it as outlined above.
There is an organization called DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions) which has a list of doctor’s who are trained in the proper way to remove mercury fillings. You can contact DAMS for a free referral to a dentist near you; the following is from their website:
“DAMS maintains a list of holistic (biological) dentists in every state and province who are trained and equipped to replace amalgams safely. Hopefully they will also use better choice replacement materials, use natural, less toxic approaches to gum health and decay prevention (no fluoride) and be aware of the hazards of root canal treatments. To request a list of knowledgeable practitioners in your state of province, please call DAMS at 651-644-4572. Please e-mail us at DAMS@usfamily.net Please leave your name and full address on the DAMS voice mail or with our person who answers the phone. . We normally mail out the list (or lists) with our information guide. Please accept our info guide, read it and study it. It has a wealth of information and helps make you a more informed dental patient. It discusses in detail the dental amalgam mercury issue and other ways that dentistry may affect health. To talk with a DAMS staff person, you may also call 651-644-4572. You may be surprised that a real person will answer. To read more scientific details on mercury, amalgam and their health impacts, please go to our web site www.flcv.com/indexa.html. This is one of the largest, most detailed web sites on the hazards of dental amalgam fillings, with hundreds of scientific abstracts and references.”
You can also do a worldwide search on Talk International where they have an International Directory of holistic – mercury free – dentists in your area http://www.talkinternational.com/holistic-dentists/biological-dentist-global.html
To your health and no longer having a mouth-full of mercury!
P.S. Some interesting mercury trivia:
“In fact, an early hero of the mercury-free movement was none other than the Surgeon General of the United States himself, William A. Hammond. Realizing that mercury should have no role in medicine, Hammond courageously issued General Order #6 on May 4, 1863, banning its use by Army physicians. But by issuing an order to protect soldiers from dying from mercury toxicity, Hammond signed his own political death warrant. Immediately, the medical establishment started calling for his ouster. The American Medical Association assigned delegates from every state to work against Order #6. On August 18, 1864, the AMA’s smear campaign succeeded: Surgeon General Hammond was court-martialed and cashiered out.
“The American Medical Association defeated Hammond, but could not defeat the truth. More dissident physicians sprung up to oppose mercury, including the renowned Boston poet-physician Oliver Wendell Holmes (the father of the famous judge). Surgeon General Hammond was ultimately vindicated. Today, the Civil War use of mercury as a tonic is ridiculed. In the prologue to Dr. Dorwart’s 2009 book, Dr. H. Ralph Schumacher Jr., Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, states: “Many therapies such as purging and mercury may have hastened death.” Then he adds, prophetically: “What will our successors think of our efforts 150 years from now?” (Source: MercuryExposure.info)