(This section on dentistry was contributed by Frank Jerome, DDS.)
Dr. Jerome: The philosophy of dental treatment taught in America is that teeth are to be saved by whatever means available, using the strongest, most long lasting materials. Long-term toxic effects are of little concern. The attitude of the majority of dentists is: whatever the American Dental Association (ADA) says is OK, they will do.
A more reasonable philosophy is that there is no tooth worth saving if it damages your immune system. Use this as your guideline.
The reason dentists do not see toxic results is that they do not look or ask. If a patient has three mercury amalgam fillings placed in the mouth and a week later has a kidney problem, will she call the dentist – or the doctor? Will they ever tell the dentist about the kidney problem or tell the doctor about the three fillings? A connection will never be made.
It is common for patients who have had their metal fillings removed to have various symptoms go away but, again, they do not tell the dentist. The patient has to be asked! Once the patient begins to feel well they take it for granted, and don’t make the connection, either. If everybody’s results were instantaneous, there would be no controversy.
Find an alternative dentist.
They have been leading the movement to ban mercury from dental supplies. Not only mercury, but all metal needs to be banned. If your dentist will not follow the necessary procedures, then you must find one that will. The questions to ask when you phone a new dental office are:
1. Do you place mercury fillings?
(The correct answer is NO. If they do, they probably don’t have enough experience in the use of non-metal composites.)
2. Do you do root canals?
(The correct answer is NO. If they do, they do not understand good alternative dentistry.)
3. Do you remove amalgam tattoos?
(The correct answer is YES. Tattoos are pieces of mercury left in the gum tissue.)
4. Do you treat cavitations?
(The correct answer is YES. By cleaning them.)
The complete name of cavitations is alveolar cavitational osteopathosis. They are holes (cavities) left in the jawbone by an incompletely extracted tooth. A properly cleaned socket which is left after an extraction will heal and fill with bone. Dentists routinely do NOT clean the socket of tissue remnants or infected bone. A dry socket (really an infected socket) is a common result. These sockets never fully heal. Thirty years after an extraction, a cavitation will still be there. It is a form of osteomyelitis, which means bone infection.
Ninety percent or more of dental offices will not be able to answer ANY of the above questions correctly. If you allow the work to be done by a dentist who does not understand the importance of the above list, you could end up with new problems. Find the right dentist first even if you must travel hundreds of miles. There are 6,000 to 10,000 dentists who should be able to help. Some can do part of the work and refer you to a specialist for the rest. Five hundred to one thousand of these dentists can do it all.
Normal treatment cost is about $1,000 for replacement of 6 to 8 metal fillings including the examination and X-rays. For people with a metal filling in every tooth, or for the extraction of all teeth (plus dentures), it may be up to $3,000 (or more in some places).
Remember, the simpler the treatment, the better. If the dentist says that he or she can change your metal fillings to plastic but it would be better to crown them, say “NO!”
Guidelines For A Healthy Mouth
|If you have||What to do|
|Metal fillings||change to plastic fillings|
|Inlays and onlays||change to plastic fillings|
|Crowns (all types)||change to plastic crowns|
|Bridges||change to plastic crowns, partials|
|Metal partials||change to plastic partials (Flexite(TM))|
|Pink dentures||change to clear plastic|
|Porcelain denture teeth||change to plastic denture teeth|
|Badly damaged teeth||become extractions|
|Root canals||become extractions|
|Braces and implants||avoid|
|Cavitations||need to be surgically cleaned|
|Temporary crowns||use plastic|
|Temporary fillings||use Duralon(TM)|
The guidelines can be summarized as:
1. Remove all metal from the mouth.
2. Remove all infected teeth and clean cavitations.
Dr. Clark: Removing all metal means removing all root canals, metal fillings and crowns. Take out all bridge work or partials made of metal and never put them back in. But you may feel quite attached to the gold, so ask the dentist to give you everything she or he removes. Look at the underside. You will be glad you switched.
The top surfaces of tooth fillings are kept glossy by brushing (you swallow some of what is removed). Underneath is tarnish and foulness. Ask to see your crowns when they are removed.
The stench of the infection under some teeth may be overwhelming as they are pulled. Bad breath in the morning is due to such hidden tooth infections, not a deficiency of mouthwash!
All metal must come out, no matter how glossy it looks on the surface. Metal does not belong in your body. It is an unnatural chemical. Do this as soon as you have found a dentist able to do it. Find a dentist with experience and knowledge about this subject. It is more than replacing acknowledged culprits like mercury-amalgam fillings. This is metal-free dentistry. Only metal-free plastic should be put back in your mouth.
Dr. Jerome: If your dentist tells you that mercury and other metals will not cause any problems, you will not be able to change his or her mind. Seek treatment elsewhere!
Your dentist should do a complete X-ray examination of your mouth. Ask for the panoramic X-ray rather than the usual series of 14 to 16 small X-rays (called full mouth series). The panoramic X-ray shows the whole mouth including the jaws and the sinuses. This lets the dentist see impacted teeth, root fragments, bits of mercury buried in the bone and deep infections. Cavitations are visible in a panoramic X-ray that may not be seen in a full mouth series.
The cost of removing metals should be viewed in the proper light. It took years or decades to get into your present condition. When you do a lot of dental repair in a short time, it can seem to be costly. Unfortunately, many people are in a tight financial position because of the cost of years of ineffective treatment, trying to get well.
Your dentist may recommend crowning teeth to “protect” or strengthen them. Unfortunately, the very concept of crowning teeth is flawed. First, the enamel is removed from a tooth to prepare for the crown. This is permanent and serious damage! Many teeth, up to 20%, may die after being crowned and will need to be extracted. For this reason, you should only get REPLACEMENT crowns and NO NEW crowns. Your metal crowns can be changed to plastic. (Remember, no metal must be left under the crown.)
If you have many crowns, you should have them all removed as quickly as possible. But you should not spend more than two hours in the dentist’s chair at any one time. That is too much stress for your body.
Dr. Clark: Don’t accept intravenous (IV) treatments during amalgam removal. Both IV bags and the supplements used in them are polluted with propyl alcohol, benzene, and wood alcohol.
Dr. Jerome: It is quite all right to have temporary crowns placed on all teeth that need them in the first visit. You may then go back and complete treatment over the next 6 to 12 months. It is common to find a crowned tooth to be very weak and not worth replacing the crown, particularly if you are already having a partial made and could include this tooth in it.
Dr. Clark: We are accustomed to thinking that plastic is metal-free. This is wrong. The original dental plastic, methyl methacrylate was metal-free. But modern plastic contains metal. The metal is ground up very finely and added to the plastic in order to make it harder, give it sheen, color, etc.
Dr. Jerome: Dentists are not commonly given information on these metals used in plastics. The information that comes with dental supplies does not list them either. Most dentists never look at a dental materials book after they graduate. The ADA, however, has a library full of such information.
Dr. Clark: There are many lanthanide (Rare Earth) metals used in dental plastic. Their effects on the body from dentalware have NOT been studied. Yet their cancer-promoting ability is known in many cases.