Monday, June 19, 2006

Mercury/Silver Fillings

An Historical Perspective and UpdateBy Bill Wolfe D.D.S., N.M.D.
What is the only metal that is a liquid at room temperature and vaporizes very easily at body temperature?
What metal is the second most bio-incompatible, naturally occurring element?
What metal makes up approximately 50% of the 'silver' fillings in your mouth?
The answer to all of the above . . . .

MERCURY
About 1830, a revolutionary new dental restorative material called 'amalgam' was introduced to the United States. This amalgam was developed in England and France and contained silver, tin, copper, zinc and mercury. The amalgam fillings were not openly embraced by organized dentistry in America, and in 1840, members of the American Society of Dental Surgeons were required to sign pledges not to use mercury fillings. In fact, several New York city dentists were suspended from this organization in 1848 for 'malpractice for using silver mercury fillings'. In 1859, a new organization was formed as a result of the internal strife over the use of mercury in dentistry - the American Dental Association.So what chronological events have occurred which have resulted in the current controversy over mercury in fillings, much the same as 160 years ago?

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