I’m fairly healthy. I eat well. I exercise 5 days a week. I have no health problems and no family history of health problems. So, you can imagine my shock when my doctor told me he wanted to put me on medication for high blood pressure. I was shocked! I decided to do some research first before diving into the medication pool. One article said amalgam fillings can contribute to high blood pressure. I have a mouth full of silver fillings. But, when I asked my dentist about it, he just blew me off. Of course, he’s the one who placed all the fillings so I’m guessing he wouldn’t be too keen to agree. Would it be worth it to me to remove these fillings? Is there a real connection? I’m guessing I’d have to see a different dentist to have this done. Are there any recommendation about what type of dentist to see?
The first thing you need to be aware of is that the American Dental Society still holds a strong position that amalgam (silver) fillings are perfectly safe. Though, as you’ve discovered, there are studies which show otherwise. Some research, in addition to linking amalgam fillings to higher blood pressure, also mention the amount or level of mercury released by the fillings is higher than the amount labeled as producing adverse effects. This could definitely include what you’re experiencing.
While some dentists avoid silver amalgam fillings because the mercury content makes their patients nervous, others have their own concerns and choose to avoid amalgam fillings for their own reasons.
I couldn’t tell you that removing your silver fillings will take care of your high blood pressure. I can tell you that many patients who have removed their older fillings to replace them with mercury-free composite fillings have found that their health feels better overall after the switch.
Use a Mercury-Free Dentist
If you want to remove your fillings and replace them with white composite fillings, you need to be certain you see a dentist who knows how to remove them safely. In your case, that will likely mean going to a different dentist.
Most mercury-free dentists know how to do what is known as a sanitary amalgam removal. This will prevent you from swallowing any mercury or inhaling any of the vapors during the removal process. Without that procedure, you put yourself at risk, so be certain they know how to safely remove the fillings.
I hope this gives you a place to start.
This blog is brought to you by Vero Beach Dentist Dr. Rick Root.