Mercury Amalgam Horror Show

Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Be afraid. Be very afraid. (Seriously, this is NOT for the squeamish.)) The “monster cavity” is just the beginning. That filling in it? “Silver” only by color and name. Dental amalgam is actually about 50% mercury. And it’s being removed unsafely. Then there’s all the additional trauma that tooth will be subject to down the […]


“Saving” Teeth by Destroying Them

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Say you take your four year old child to the dentist. During the examination, the dentist tells you he found four cavities. You consent to treatment. Afterward, you take your sedation-groggy daughter home and let her nap. So later, when you look in her mouth, what do you see? If you said “four fillings,” you […]


It’s Cheaper Than Replacing Teeth

Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2012

Let’s face it: Periodontal treatment is expensive. And considering how many people suffer from some degree of gum disease – up to 75% of the US adult population – it’s an expense that lots of us may face at some point. Unfortunately, there are those who balk at the cost and decide to take their […]


An Implant Is an Implant Is an Implant

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012

  It’s easy to understand why dental implants appeal. Aesthetically and functionally, they seem the next best thing to natural teeth. You don’t have to take them out or use special tools to clean them, and they last a long time. Other types of restorations typically have a 75 – 85% survival rate (PDF) after […]


Aesthetics Matter, but Health Comes First

Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Cosmetic dentistry has its place, but as we’ve written before, it’s too often overdone, with aesthetics taking a backseat to health. Recently, we ran across a similar critique, written by a dental consultant for the Faculty Dental Journal. We think the message bears repeating. In “Porcelain Pornography,” Martin Kelleher hones in on the destructive aspect […]


Electrifying Implants?

Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2011

Last week, we published a post on why dental implants aren’t such a great idea. One reason: implantation triggers an autoimmune response. One common symptom of this response is inflammation. The day after our post ran, word came out of research on a way to limit post-implant inflammation: sending a jolt of electricity through the […]


Sold on Dental Implants?

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2011

Although more dentists than ever seem to be pushing dental implants as the treatment of choice to replace lost teeth, not many people are buying them. According to a report on last month’s Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (you may need to register to view the article), while more than half of all American adults […]


Mercury vs. BPA?

Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011

For years, the standard line of argument for mercury has been something like, “Mercury has been used for more than 150 years without any problem.” Of course, this notion has, over and again, been proven false, most recently by the FDA’s own expert panel, which has urged FDA to bar the use of mercury amalgam […]



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