I have some amalgam fillings still in my mouth and have been considering having them removed, since reading about them being a possible cause for tinnitus and other health problems. I had two removed in the past, and I don't think the dentist was very careful (but I don't remember very well).
The thing is, there is a LOT of controversy about the dangers of mercury in amalgam, but I'm a bit skeptical about what dentists say, especially when they all seem to just copy the same text from each other about how safe amalgam is.
The fact that it has been forbidden in certain countries, but that they aren't willing to pay for the (safe) removal of those that are already in people's mouths makes me more confused.
My questions are:
What's the TRUTH about amalgam fillings? Are they safe or not?
How paranoid should I be about removing them? Is it really more dangerous than letting them stay where they are?
How healthy is this procedure at the dentist that I'm considering going to:
- air (I assume some type of ventilation)
- charcoal (I assume tablets for chelation)
- dental dam (some rubber to protect the mouth) and suction
- EDTA in rinse water (doesn't EDTA cause mental confusion in rats? I know it's in every soap and shampoo, but I wouldn't drink them)
Also, would it be wise to have more than one removed at once?
Do you know what causes tinnitus and if paleo helps with it?
Thanks for any help.