Mercury Amalgam Fillings

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Russell
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Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Post by Russell » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:12 am

Does Tibetan Medicine have anything relevant to say about mercury amalgam fillings?

Afaik the accepted dental understanding is that mercury amalgam fillings are much better for big fillings on back teeth for example and pose no health risks. So getting white fillings in this case would be a weaker option and could not seal the tooth as well leading to easier decay.

I'm not sure what to make of modern views against using mercury fillings, mercury is obviously toxic but really does anything close to an effective amount get released into the body, or is just having the filling in the mouth going to cause problems?

The clearest advice I've had against metal in the mouth has been with implants and posts as these go into the body more and disrupt chi flow from a TCM perspective.

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Re: Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Post by Malcolm » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:58 pm

Soar wrote:Does Tibetan Medicine have anything relevant to say about mercury amalgam fillings?

Afaik the accepted dental understanding is that mercury amalgam fillings are much better for big fillings on back teeth for example and pose no health risks. So getting white fillings in this case would be a weaker option and could not seal the tooth as well leading to easier decay.

I'm not sure what to make of modern views against using mercury fillings, mercury is obviously toxic but really does anything close to an effective amount get released into the body, or is just having the filling in the mouth going to cause problems?

The clearest advice I've had against metal in the mouth has been with implants and posts as these go into the body more and disrupt chi flow from a TCM perspective.
The mercury in fillings is bonded to other metals, hence it is held to be inert. The problem is leaching, from what I understand.

In general, one can chelate mercury out of the body using a sea buckthorn decoction for one week.

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