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A card which is given to patients at our clinic to explain about metal alloy.

When doctors prescribe medicines, they usually provide information to explain what kind of drugs they are and how to take them. It seems to be strange that we don’t usually receive something similar when we have our teeth filled at the dentist.
Gold, silver and palladium alloy is the most commonly used material which is covered by national health insurance.


Background on how this alloy was approved for coverage by national health insurance.

Around 1960 in the dentistry field in Japan, there was a movement to make less costly “copper/zinc” alloy an alternative metal alloy for dental fillings due to the bad economic climate post world war II. However, metal used in the mouth where it is under extremely severe conditions should be chemically and biologically stable and non-corrosive like gold or other precious metal alloys.
The Japan Prosthodontic Society established a dental metal standards committee to standardize dental metal alloys and their testing methods, and to evaluate alloys. As a result of their activities it was determined that copper/zinc alloy was not suitable as a dental filling and was not introduced. The committee also determined that a gold, silver and palladium alloy was the minimum permissible standard to be used if the economic factors of the day made it necessary. Although, it was stated that it should be switched over to a better standard of gold alloy at the earliest possible time. (Clinical Medicine for Metal Allergies for GP’s – by Masayuki Inoue)

Note: The above change to a better standard of alloy is yet to have taken place.



Mercury in Dental Fillings.




What is mercury amalgam?
Mercury amalgam used for dental fillings contains approximately 50% mercury and various other materials. It is generally said to be a stable alloy and is covered by national health insurance. Despite this, recent research with advanced technology identifies the ability of mercury to slowly leach out of the tooth and into the body. Mercury vapor also escapes from dental fillings into the sinus cavity, brain, eyes, ears, heart, nervous system and other organs, resulting in mercury poisoning (neurotoxin). The ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare that approves such filling material for coverage by national health insurance is obviously aware of these the facts. The question is, why is nothing being done about it? The senior dentist at our clinic enquired and got the answer from them but it’s not possible to reveal it to the public here because it could cause riots. They seem eager to hide problems and do not think about peoples’ wellbeing.

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• Mercury amalgam fillings
• When amalgam is removed in the US, dentists wear protective masks.
• When we remove amalgam at our clinic, we use a rubber dam to avoid breathing or swallowing mercury vapor or fragments as well as wear protective glasses and masks.


Extract from Dentistry Without Mercury – by Sam Ziff and Michael Ziff D.D.S.
Publisher: Bio –Probe.



Reference Book “Kuchi no naka ni hiromu kyofu (Terror in the Mouth) by Dan Steinberg”
People may be encouraged by the high improvement rates shown in the graph but mercury is highly toxic and known to be the cause of “Minamata disease”. Therefore it is surprising that the use of this kind of material is covered by national health insurance. When you decide to have your dental fillings removed, do not take it lightly as extreme care must be taken when removing them. Swallowing a piece of mercury or inhaling mercury vapor could aggravate the symptoms of mercury poisoning. Additionally, what to use as a replacement is an important issue.

 

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