Are Silver Fillings Compromising Your Immune System? 1

Q & A with David Villarreal, D.D.S.

Based in Southern California, internationally renowned holistic dentist David Villarreal, D.D.S., treats patients from around the world who seek him out for his expertise in biocompatible dentistry. Noting that every tooth in the mouth corresponds with an organ in the body through the energy meridians identified by Chinese medicine and other ancient cultures, Villareal says putting in a filling, pulling a tooth and performing root canals have implications that go far beyond your mouth.

Q. What is biocompatible dentistry?

A. At the cutting edge of health care, biocompatible dentistry involves using dental materials that are compatible with one’s body chemistry to strengthen, rather than weaken, the immune system.

Q. How do silver fillings affect our immune system?

A. The wrong dental filling can put your immune system at risk. What we place in a person’s mouth has a direct effect on their immune system via the meridian pathways. Silver fillings put a burden on the body, due to the mercury content in those fillings.

Q. What about white, or porcelain, crowns?

A. Porcelain crowns may be made of a nickel-based metal. Mercury and nickel are the heaviest metals on this planet—and mercury is the most toxic. These artificial, harmful materials in our mouth add to the burden people already have to deal with, such as diet, environmental pollutions and stress!

Q. Are there other dental materials that should be avoided?

A. Composite resins used in dental materials contain a variety of components with different chemical compositions. For example, BIS-GMA is frequently used as a binding agent in dental composites, despite its widely known health risks. It is wise to get a blood compatibility test to see which materials you are the least reactive to.

Q. What is involved with removing harmful dental materials?

A. Protective protocols are paramount for the removal of mercury fillings. The traditional method of removing silver fillings by drilling them out is potentially a problem. Think about it—you wouldn’t bite into a thermometer because of the mercury it contains, so drilling out a silver filling and allowing the patient to swallow some of it is not recommended.

Q. What special precautions do you take when removing mercury-based fillings?

A. We have removed more than 20,000 “silver fillings” using strict protocols to protect the patient, dentist, staff and environment. We wear special gear, including two-valve gas masks, gloves and contamination-free coverings. The patient is completely draped and wears protective eyewear. We then lay a rubberized protective covering in the mouth that segregates the excise area from the rest of the soft tissue and teeth. As the drilling begins, we use a heavy-duty sanitized suction system that ensures that all significant mercury particles are safely contained, and the patient is provided oxygen and intravenous vitamin C. Any remaining airborne particles are swept up by the ionizer in the room. We’ve also installed a mercury separator, which prevents the mercury from finding its way into the water system and the oceans that is periodically cleared by the EPA for proper disposal.

Q. What types of biocompatible replacement materials do you use?

A. Once we blood test and determine the patient’s reactivity to certain dental materials, we choose the material that is “least” reactive to that person’s immune system.

Do you know what’s in your mouth? Get educated and make sure your dentist considers what happens below the neck!

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