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OK....here they are.<br><br>
1) Do dentists still use mercury fillings? I had 2 teeth filled shortly before I started coming to this site and only thought to ask about mercury *AFTER* it was done!! (I suddenly remembered reading some article linking autism to mercury exposure in-utero, and mentioned the mom's fillings as a source.) I didn't ask because I figured 'well, it's a little dang late NOW. and 'oh I bet with the whole thermometer deal, they CAN"T be using MERCURY anymore!' Now of course, I'm not so sure that's true....<br><br>
2) Does anyone know what metal they use to make the screws, pins, and plates that orthopedic surgeons use to repair severe fractures? I'm curious because I had surgery on my ankle to repair both of the large bones, and the hardware is all still in there. My orthopedic surgeon said they usually do *not* take it out unless it causes problems for the patient, pain, etc. because (duh) there would be holes in the bones where the screws were and until the bone repairs, there's a huge risk of re-injury and worse injury than whatever you originally did. But now, I'd like to know what the **ll is in my body! (of course, work comp won't pay for it to go OUT.....my insurance would likely consider it 'optional'.....)<br><br>
Just curious. TIA!
 

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Some do. Most of the ones I know of tend to use other materials more for cosmetic reasons though. If it looks silver/grey then it's amalgam. If it's tooth colored it's not.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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The metal ones that I know of are stainless steel.
 

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Many dentists do use silver/mercury fillings.<br>
And why wouldn't they? According to the <a href="http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/positions/statements/amalgam.asp" target="_blank">ADA's Position Paper</a>:
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I think if you want to find one who doesn't, you have to research.
 

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Because the fillings have been proven to release mercury vapor continuously (more if you chew gum and drink hot liquids)<br><a href="http://www.iaomt.org" target="_blank">www.iaomt.org</a><br><br>
The ADA have backed themselves up into a teeny tiny corner with no way out.
 

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Jane, please don't misunderstand me.<br>
I was not suggesting that I agreed that mercury fillings are a good idea. I was just posting that their professional organization promotes the use of mercury in teeth.<br>
Sorry if I was unclear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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Hey, unbag yourself... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I just tend to be hot headed about this issue and feel I must put my 2 cents in whenever it's discussed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Thanks, Jane. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
The mercury issue is very near and dear to my heart as well. I didn't post anything in my post to indicate my personal disgust with the ADA's position and I probably should have made myself clearer.
 

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I hope I live long enough to see them choke on their words.<br><br>
I just started "Evidence of Harm" too... I'm feeling all twitchy.
 

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Does anyone know how much it is to get mercury fillings removed and replaced with the tooth-colored ones?<br><br>
My newest fillings are NOT amalgam, a fact I found out when I got the statement for what the dental insurance paid--they do NOT pay for non-amalgam fillings on back teeth, so they only covered what amalgam would've cost and said I have to pay the difference.<br><br>
But I know I have old ones that are, I can see them.
 

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You might want to check first and find out if you are having mercury problems. I had a slew of mercury fillings. My doctor did a mercury challenge and found out that I was excreting okay. I did eventually get the mercury fillings removed, mostly because they were wearing out anyway.<br><br>
You also need to make sure you find a dentist who knows how to do the removal safely because it can be very toxic if not done right. Finally, you may need to do a few at a time and detox after each round, if you do have problems clearing mercury.<br><br>
Everybody has a different body. My sister has terrible health problems, partly from having had mercury fillings. I'm in fairly good shape, for a grandma.<br><br>
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My mother is in the process of having her mercury fillings removed. She hopes it will help her with her fibromialga (sorry can't spell). After she gets one removed she extremly tired for at least a day afterward. Literally comes home and passes out for hours. When they remove them the vapors can be released in large amounts. But anyhow, my mothers is very expensive but she is having other dental work done at the same time. She is getting new teeth for ones she lost years and years ago. I think you could probably look up some dentists online and check their price sheets.<br><br>
Michelle
 

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Prices depend on how many filling surfaces for each tooth. At my dentist, it ranges from $170-250 per tooth. She uses the IAOMT protocol to safely remove them and that is an additional $89 per visit. Without using the protocol, mercury can increase as much as 4 times or more when fillings are merely ground out by a regular dentist, I think it worth it to try to find a dentist that specializes in this.
 
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