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 Amalgam Fillings Are Good

Amalgam fillings are safe, but skeptics still claim controversy,
researcher says
Published: Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 13:16 in Health & Medicine

Medical College of Georgia
Dental amalgam has been proven safe and effective for years, yet
unfounded controversy still surrounds it, a Medical College of Georgia
researcher says. Dentists have used amalgam, an alloy of mercury with
at least one other metal, in fillings for over 200 years. Amalgam
fillings don't contain enough mercury to cause potential health
problems associated with larger doses, says Dr. Rod Mackert, professor
of dental materials in the MCG School of Dentistry Department of {*filter*}

"The dose makes the poison," he says, quoting 16th century Swiss
physician Paracelsus. A person would need between 265 and 310 amalgam
fillings before even slight symptoms of mercury toxicity could be
felt. A person with seven fillings, which is average, absorbs only
about one microgram of mercury daily. About six micrograms are
absorbed daily from food, water and air, according to the
Environmental Protection Agency.

To create a dental filling, liquid mercury dissolves and reacts with a
powder of silver, tin and copper, forming a compound that contains no
free mercury. "Anti-amalgam activists say mercury is soaked into metal
powder, like water into a sponge, and can come back out of the
fillings, but that's not at all true," Dr. Mackert says. In fact, the
evaporation rate of mercury from amalgam is a million times lower than
from pure mercury.

Anti-amalgam activists also say dental mercury pollutes the
environment. However, dental mercury accounts for less than a quarter
of a percent of mercury re-entering the environment.

Dr. Mackert presented an overview of amalgam, its controversy and its
alternatives today at the 87th General Session of the International
Association for Dental Research in Miami.

The amalgam controversy began in the 1970s. Awareness that dental
fillings contained mercury was heightened and people were concerned by
a couple of mercury-related health scares. In Japan, the release of
methyl mercury into industrial wastewater caused a mercury buildup in
shellfish and fish, leading to severe mercury poisoning and Minamata
disease. Also, a grain covered in mercury fungicide was baked into
bread and consumed in Iraq, killing hundreds. "Mercury poisoning was
on people's minds and in the press," he says.

Urban legends abounded, including erroneous reports linking vapors
from amalgam fillings to kidney damage and degenerative diseases such
as Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
The only documented health effects of amalgam fillings are rare
allergic reactions, Dr. Mackert says, but the controversy led many
people to have their fillings removed in the misguided hope of curing
neurological diseases.

That controversy continues today. "It's mystifying that people persist
in saying there is cause for concern with amalgam fillings when
there's no evidence that they cause adverse health effects," Dr.
Mackert says.

He also disputes claims that ulterior motives have influenced the
American Dental Association position attesting to the safety and
effectiveness of amalgam fillings. Anti-amalgam activists link the
position to patent interests, but the association had only two amalgam
patents, now expired, and neither was licensed, according to the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office. Most of the association's 78 patents are
for white filling materials, including composite resin, an alternative
to amalgam.

But composite fillings have their own problems. They cost more than
amalgam and often are not covered by insurance. Numerous studies have
shown that amalgam significantly outlasts composite, while composite
causes more secondary cavities and may contribute to plaque formation,
Dr. Mackert says.

"The bottom line is people don't need to be concerned with adverse
health effects from any type of fillings amalgam or composites," Dr.
Mackert says. Since beginning his studies of amalgam in the early
1980s, his position has never changed. In fact, he has amalgam
fillings himself.

Source: Medical College of Georgia

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