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The Dental Alternative, Issue 25. Should you remove your metal fillings?
October 30, 2009
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Should you Remove Your Metal Fillings?



I had all of my metal fillings removed in February, and replaced with white filling material. Did it make a difference? WellÖ my personal feeling is that it did. Now remember, this is just one personís opinion, and has not been evaluated by a doctor, but it has now been 8 months, and here is what I noticed:

-I feel less tired

-I donít get sick as often, and when I do, it doesnít seem to last as long

-I am not as sensitive to cold weather

-My breathing has improved.

-My thinking and reasoning has improved, (I am more clear-headed)

-I have more energy

-I have less craving for alcoholic drinks

I always believed the American Dental Associationís stance that metal fillings are safe, and do not affect a personís health. But now, after they have been removed, I have noticed improvements in my health.

Did my health improve because metal fillings were removed? I have no way of knowing, it may have been something else that changed in my life, such as an improved diet, and less stress, both of which I had done at about the same time as the fillings were removed.

I did not specifically set out to get the metal fillings out of my mouth, it just so happened that the ones I had were getting quite old, and it was time to replace them anyway. So, Dr. Jenny insisted that she use white fillings, so thatís what she did. Looking back now, I am glad that I did.

So, the question is, should YOU get your metal fillings removed? Well, I canít tell you one way or the other, it would be your choice, but we can certainly do it for you. The American Dental Association does not recommend removing them just for the sake of removing the metal, they say that removing them releases some mercury, and it is best to only remove them if you absolutely have to, like if they are at the end of their lifespan.

There are a few precautions to take when removing metal fillings, including using plenty of direct water spray on the fillings to keep them cool while the dental bur is being used to remove them, and avoiding direct breathing of the fumes as much as possible. Using a dental dam is also recommended to reduce the risk of swallowing any metal filling debris. We follow these protocols very strictly when removing amalgam fillings in our clinic at Mexican Dental Vacation.

The materials used to replace metal fillings are definitely not as durable as the amalgam metal filling. One of the main reasons amalgam fillings were the standard of care for so many decades is because they are so durable.

So, if you have been thinking about removing your metal fillings, or if the ones you have are old, darkened, or breaking down, now would be the time to come down to sunny Mazatlan to get new, white fillings. Who knows, you may feel much better and be healthier because of it!

Call us toll-free at 1-800-959-2061 or email us anytime at staff@mexicandentalvacation.com and we will get back to you very quickly, and get you on your way to a sunny dental vacation. We hope to see you soon in sunny Mazatlan!

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