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Are your old silver fillings making you sick?

Dr. Oz recently aired a show discusing the health concerns associated with silver fillings. Below is an article pulished in 2008 about Dr. Doolin and Dr. Haddads stance on these fillings. Dentists Kurt Doolin and Jeff Haddad were pleased to learn the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicly announced last week that silver fillings, widely used in the dental field since Civil War times, contain mercury that may cause health problems in pregnant women, children and fetuses.

Rochester Advanced Dentistry abandoned use of amalgam (silver) metal dental fillings a decade ago out of safety concerns for patients.

  “I’ve been practicing dentistry since 1983 and have had deeply rooted concerns about the use of  old silver fillings for several years. I’m glad to see what appears to be full disclosure on the potential risks coming forward by such a respected health organization as the FDA,” states Dr. Doolin. “I stopped using amalgam about ten years ago, although there were no recommendations to do so by any dental oversight organization.  The guidelines regulating the mere removal of amalgam from my dental office were so strict I couldn’t help but believe that putting amalgam in a patient’s mouth had to have some potential health risks.”   The announcement was made by the Food and Drug Administration after settling a related lawsuit with several consumer advocacy groups. As part of the settlement, the FDA agreed to post the potential risks of amalgam on its website to inform consumers, and will also release a more specific rule in July 2009 regarding fillings that contain mercury. Despite the FDA announcement, the American Dental Association appears to be sticking with its long-held assertion that amalgam is safe, according to a news release dated June 5, 2008. An excerpt of the news release, taken from the American Dental Association’s website, www.ada.org, and posted the day after the FDA announcement follows:

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2008—The American Dental Association (ADA) believes the recent settlement between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the group Moms Against Mercury simply sets a definite deadline (July 28, 2009) for the FDA to complete what it began in 2002—a reclassification process for dental amalgam, a commonly-used cavity filling material. As far as the ADA is aware, the FDA has in no way changed its approach to, or position on, dental amalgam Contrary to some assertions, the FDA’s current reclassification proposal does not call for restrictions on the use of amalgam in any particular population group. It merely restates FDA’s ongoing call for public comments on that issue, as well as the findings of the most current scientific studies on amalgam. "People depend on the FDA and other government health agencies to help protect their health. It’s critically important that public health recommendations are based on sound scientific evidence," states ADA President Mark J. Feldman, DMD. "The ADA will continue to advocate for the best oral health of the public as part of the FDA regulatory process." Presently, FDA has different classifications for encapsulated amalgam and its component parts, dental mercury and amalgam alloy. The FDA’s proposed reclassification, which the ADA has supported since 2002, would place encapsulated amalgam and its components under one classification. Based on extensive studies and scientific reviews of dental amalgam by government and independent organizations worldwide, the ADA believes that dental amalgam remains a safe, affordable and durable cavity filling choice for dental patients…”

What’s been missing from the argument, according to Drs. Doolin and Haddad, is the existence of porcelain fillings as a better, safer, durable and long-lasting alternative to silver (amalgam) fillings. “Given the presence of even potential health risks, I’m not sure why the use of amalgam has remained so widespread,” says Dr. Haddad.  “Porcelain fillings, also called porcelain onlays or inlays, are a proven amalgam alternative that pose no health risks, are durable and more attractive than silver.

Equally important, porcelain reinforces and strengthens the tooth, whereas amalgam can actually weaken the tooth over time. We’ve been using porcelain fillings successfully for years. It’s a superior, more advanced form of dentistry than silver. Rochester Advanced Dentistry was originally founded in Rochester in 1990. Dr. Kurt Doolin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Dental Science degree from the University of Detroit. Dr. Jeff Haddad holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Dental Science degree, both from the University of Michigan. Drs. Doolin and Haddad are graduates of the Las Vegas School for Advanced Dental Studies continuum.  Drs. Doolin and Haddad lead a team of ten and the practice focuses on cosmetic, implant and neuromuscular dentistry, as well as general dentistry for children and adults.

By |April 18th, 2013|Health and Beauty|