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So, I wasn’t planning on blogging about my amalgam (metal filling) removal, but due to an overwhelming number of requests from my readers, I decided to put together a video about my personal experience with preparing for the removal.
I have had SO many amalgam fillings removed unsafely over the years. It was before I knew anything about the dangers of amalgams and how they should be removed properly (and most dentists have no clue either).
All of mine are from when I was a kid. Some are at least 25 years old. The dentist is concerned not only about the mercury, but the fact that the fillings are causing some cracking in my teeth.
If these fillings are not removed and the teeth fixed, I will have to face losing those teeth to a root canal (which I would never do and my dentist also does not do) or having them extracted. That is actually part of the reason why I decided I need to go ahead and get going on this. I don’t want to face losing 3 teeth.
I have three amalgams left and am looking forward to getting them out. It is one of the most important things I wanted to do before we started trying to conceive, so I want to get them removed and allow my body plenty of time to move the mercury out.
I should note that I am not having any of the classic symptoms of mercury poisoning or elevated levels. As a matter of fact mercury is not showing up on my HTMA tests, but that does not mean that it is not present in my body and causing problems. It just means it is stored away and not being actively chelated from the body. Anything we can do to rid ourselves of heavy metals, the better our health will be even if we are not experiencing any symptoms currently.
I am also wondering if the unsafe removal of about 6 amalgams many years ago was a main trigger for my autoimmune disease. I’ll never know for sure, but I suspect it did play a role. I will be testing for heavy metals via HTMA over the next few months and will be interested to see how my tests come back and what the trends are in my body.
The video below is a little long, but I share lots of good information about what I’ve been doing to prepare, as well as some info to help you get started if you’re considering removing your amalgam fillings.
I will also do a follow-up video (or two) on how the procedure goes and how I am responding to the removal, so make sure you follow me on YouTube so you never miss a new video.
Links From the Video
- Liver support supplement from Perfect Supplements.
- The brand of castor oil I use.
- The brand of essential oils I use
- The brand of gelatin I use.
- The other brand of gelatin I use.
- Information about bone broth.
- Information about coffee enemas.
- Video on how to make infrared lamp.
- Articles on the importance of minerals.
- How HTMA improved my monthly cycles.
- How HTMA is helping me manage my stress.
- My experience with HTMA thus far.
- Hal Huggins’ website (this is where I would recommend starting if you’re considering removal).
- Dr. Mercola also has a lot of great information on amalgam fillings and mercury-free dentistry.
I’ve had all right removed because they had caused Mercury toxicity, evidenced by lab report. I found a Mercury free dentist who knew how to safely remove them. I say safely because most dentists will just drill them out, but it’s more dangerous to do that. The shavings will be absorbed into your body and carried in.
Even her staff was protected from shavings flying into the air.
She only drilled two out at a time, after which I needed to have IV chelation to remove the metal from my body. Removing fillings does not remove them from the body.
After several months they were removed and I was free of a 20 plus year illness which left me with fatigue, pain and tremors.
So glad you experienced healing!
Hi Jessica, I would like to know the cost of the procedure and how many fillings they work on at one visit? Thank you for all the good info.
Hi Lorie – It really is going to depend on the dentist and their training as to cost and duration of the procedure. Sometimes your insurance may cover a portion of it since many people have amalgam fillings that are 20+ years old and structurally your dentist may deem that they are not sound anymore. That tends to be the minority, but definitely explore that if you have dental insurance.
I had three amalgams that had to be removed and the cost was $2,000. It was a massive chunk of change and I had to save for a year in our HSA (health savings account) in order to do the procedure. But, in all reality, it is a small cost when presented with the fact that those three teeth were likely going to have to be root canal-ed and crowned (which I would not do) or extracted if I left them in much longer. This was due to the cracking that I was already experiencing in those teeth — amalgams are notorious for creating severe cracks in the teeth they are in. The cost of root canals / crowns / extractions would have been much higher than the removals, not to mention the fact I’d lose 3 teeth which I wanted to avoid at all costs. It’s definitely something that takes time and planning for most people, but long-term I know it will be worth it. Hopefully my autoimmune issues will improve too. Hope that helps!
I came across this article and I am facing removal of two. They were deep cavities and I didn’t catch them early enough and have cracking in both teeth, and need two crowns. I am wondering why you say you will not have this done? Is it because you don’t want it to get that far, or do you feel crowns and root canals have a health risk?? Thanks!
Hi Kristina – I personally believe that root canals have some extreme health risks, which is why I personally would never have one done (and why my dentist does not do them either). Dr. Mercola has a ton of great info on his site regarding root canals: http://search.mercola.com/results.aspx?q=root%20canal. Hope that helps!
Whatever you do don’t do a chelation challenge test afterwards! I’ve heard of several people become sick for months doing that, and ending up in the er. What sort of chelation do you plan on doing? My research has lead me to Andy Cutler Chelation. He wrote Amalgam Illness. It’s slow and low dose chelation you do do for a couple years but it works based on the chelators half life and prevents redistribution which can cause major problems. Watch out for the dump phase in several months when your symptoms may worsen as your body gets rid of mercury it’s been holding on to. It’s best to chelate through this to help pull the Mercury out. I believe that heavy metals are at the root of almost every health problem from leaky gut to hormonal imbalance to noise sensitivity to anger/depression/anxiety. Happy for you to get them out!
Hi Aubri – Chelation is a tricky thing and honestly, people take it to the extreme and it can create a lot of problems. I do not advise strict chelation therapy unless it is absolutely needed and you are working with a knowledgeable practitioner. I personally prefer to focus on supporting my body’s natural detox pathways with foods, herbs, supplements, and other alternative treatments. SLOW, gentle detox is best for most people. I agree with you on heavy metals being at the root for a ton of health problems. It’s amazing any of us are alive at all with everything we face in our food and environment!
I have gone through hell and am so lucky to have found Dr. Pompa http://youtu.be/oXurlnMzPVE and Dr. Davidson. Had my almalgams removed safely and am now doing chelation. It’s oral and I’m starting very slowly and it will take two to four years. I live in Mexico and do virtual appointments with Dr. Davidson (Dr. Pompa trained him) from Waukesha, WI. I order my supplements and supplies and pick them up in El Paso. All the best on your journey:)
Thanks for stopping by and sharing! 🙂
Jessica, What did you have your fillings replaced with? Porcelain? My 3 yr old daughter needs fillings done on Sat and I know not to do amalgam but what kind should she get instead? Thanks, I really appreciate your website and podcasts with Lydia and I have learned a lot from you both.
Hi Lisa! I think you left the same question over on Facebook, but just in case, I wanted to answer here too. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know you’re enjoying the shows! I appreciate that and am so glad the info is helpful. My teeth were filled with a composite material when the amalgams were removed. Prior to my procedure my dentist ran allergy tests on me and created a composite that did not contain any materials I was sensitive to. So, I felt pretty comfortable with everything he did since we took those extra precautions beforehand. I definitely didn’t want to replace one bad filling with another material that I would react to. smile emoticon Most dentists that are properly trained on safe amalgam removal will also gladly run the allergy tests upon request. Some of them make it mandatory. I wish you both the best of luck with everything! Let me know if I can be of any more help! 🙂
How are you now doing after the amalgam removal?…I have two mercury fillings in my molars which I will like to remove as soon as possible…
Hi Atunje – Thanks for stopping by! I did post an update about how I was doing. Thanks for reminding me that I should link to it in this post! Here is the link: http://bit.ly/1QNvZPn. The amalgam removal did set me back health wise, but it was actually good as it motivated me to start digging even deeper into underlying issues and I am finally starting to get some insight as to areas that need to be addressed. Such an amazing journey! 🙂
Hi there!! I just got my braces removed and in that they found that my molars in the back have cracks in them. Of course they are amalgams. I have wanted to move slowly into getting them replaced, but… I need to do that next week because of the cracks. Any quick suggestions – I only have a week, so don’t have time to get a practitioner to help me with this. I can do the bone broth, get the liver support and do the castor oil pack with lemon. Any other suggestions? Thanks! Christa
Hi Christa! Thanks for stopping by! Do you have a doctor or practitioner that you work with? If so, I would for sure reach out to them. Honestly, since things have to happen so fast I would just focus on keeping your stress levels down and just doing the best you can with supporting your body with nutrition, rest, and gentle detox (magnesium baths, saunas, herbs, etc). Sometimes life throws us curveballs with no time to prepare and all we can do is breathe and take one step forward. Wishing you all the best! I’m sure everything will go just fine! 🙂
I oils like to know what you replace your amalgams with after having them removed?
Hi Jan – We did composite fillings that were custom created for me out of materials that I did not show I reacted to. We did a dental materials sensitivity test prior to removal to make sure that I wouldn’t react to the new fillings. Hope that helps!!