Dr. Adam Tan DMD FAGD AIAOMT, helps his patients achieve improved oral health through a proven process called holistic dentistry, which places value on treating more than just teeth. His dental practice located in Barrie, Ontario is mercury free – that is to say, no materials containing mercury are used in restorations for his patients under any circumstances.
For patients who have mercury fillings, he can replace them with long lasting 3D printed ceramic restorations that will outlast the original restorations. Our practice believes that there are safer and better methods to provide you the dental and orthodontic care that you need.
Our methods and treatments are heavily researched and have been successful in global dental practices for a long time. Bottom line: toxic substances like mercury don’t belong in your body.
In addition, Georgian Dental® avoids the use of all toxins. The science behind our holistic dentistry approach shows distinct correlations between dental health and brain health. Request your free no-obligation consultation, or learn more about our adherence to holistic dentistry.
Mercury toxicity is a proven health concern affecting your entire body. We follow strict protocols from the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (www.iaomt.org) and use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the patient and staff are NOT exposed to mercury during removal. We also offer pre and post detox programs specialized to the patient’s needs.
This infographic breaks down the issues that come with mercury dental fillings and why using a toxic substance can be detrimental to your health and the environment. You will be surprised by mercury’s impact on the dental industry and its popularity despite so many recognized problems.
Question About Mercury Myth
For chronic exposure to mercury, eventual illness symptoms brought on by toxic levels of chronic mercury exposure often times becomes disassociated from the cause. Think of a flywheel being wound up. Eventually, there is so much momentum that no additional force is required to keep the flywheel spinning, and just tiny amounts of additional force application is required to make the flywheel to continue to spin or spin even faster. In the same way, the damage caused by mercury exposure is cumulative in nature. As long as the source of mercury is still present, the momentum will continue to increase for the intensity of mercury toxic symptoms. The onset for that moment in time can occur so far into the future that the results is often time disassociated from the cause. Practitioners who seem the manifestation of toxic symptoms speak of a tipping point where upon the body’s ability to detoxify is overwhelmed by the amount of toxic buildup. The stage of which the patient lies along this spectrum leading to the tipping point is difficult to determine, but there are several susceptibility test available to help with this.
As an aside, its interesting to think that mercury was incorporated into the paint of some of those surgical theaters, in IV infusions for syphylitic treatments and diuretics (Vogl 1950).
Mercury was also incorporated in antiseptics such as Mercurochrome. Newer formulations of Mercurochrome do not contain mercury and linked by just brand alone. Mercury formulations such as those have been banned by the FDA since 1998.
Of all the dental materials available today, mercury amalgam’s immediate cost to the patient is (incorrectly perceived) as the lowest cost available material. When stacked against the possibility of the detrimental health cascade of tooth loss -> loss of function -> malnutrition -> illness, Mercury Fillings might seem like the likely preferred choice. However, the LONG term cost, taking into account the patients health, environmental impact and the repercussions to future generations, the use of mercury in dental fillings or any mercury containing consumer product for that matter is THE most expensive material available. As a neurotoxin and a hazardous material second only to plutonium, mercury should be avoided at all cost.
barriers, and the blood brain barrier very quickly. Once in the body, the inorganic form of mercury is methylated into the organic form which is not lipid soluble. Essentially, bio-accumulating in the brain, liver and kidneys.
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency reference exposure level (REL) is 0.3 μg/m3
OSHA: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set limits of 0.1 milligram (mg) of organic mercury per cubic meter (m3) of workplace air (0.1 mg/m3) and 0.05 mg/m3 of metallic mercury vapor for 8-hour shifts and 40-hour work weeks.
OEHHA: Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (Goverment of Canada)
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Exposure averaging time for acute RELs is 1 hour. For 8-hour RELs, the exposure averaging time is 8 hours, which may be repeated. Chronic RELs are designed to address continuous exposures for up to a lifetime: the exposure metric used is the annual average exposure. REL developed using the revised methodology (OEHHA, 2008), μg/m3 REL developed using the revised methodology (OEHHA, 2008), Oral REL (μg/kg Body Weight – day) Mercury exposure levels for pregnancy REL is 0.01mg/m3 (Canadian Family Physician) Read about the serious consequences of acute and chronic mercury exposure case studies.
According to Dr. Mark Richardson PhD reports in a Canadian Dental Association investigation, there is mercury release from all mercury filings but he provided guidelines in terms of number of
fillings and age/gender.
Inorganic mercury causes cerebral infarctions, as well as systemic features, such as pneumonia, renal cortical necrosis, and disseminated intravascular coagulopathy. A more diffuse, direct neuronal toxicity may also exist with organic mercury, as the brain weights of patients with Minamata disease are substantially lower than those of controls.
Nevertheless, both types of exposure may blur. In monkey models of methylmercury intoxication, demethylation resulted in inorganic mercury deposition in brain cells Medscape
Depending on your occupational exposure, you might want to get all of the aforementioned tests done. Another way would be to count the Mercury Fillings in your mouth – there is a mathematical formula that uses the number of teeth in with Mercury Fillings to very accurately determine your Mercury exposure. Other factors to consider are your sensitivity to heavy metals –please consult a physician who is trained in this.