What is Mercury Free Dentistry and
Who is on the Mercury Free Dentists List?
The following article is provided with our thanks by Simon Rees, homeopath and FCT practitioner, teacher and coordinator.
Why This List Was Compiled
I compiled this dentist list because nowhere could I find anyone who had sought to do this comprehensively, and I felt a proper list ought to be available. All available lists I could find were significantly shorter than this one, i.e. leaving out many dentists. Also, none included any information about protocols and credentials in each dental practice. The two associations above are useful resources; however, neither provides a complete list – they only supply a list of members – some of whom were not even mercury-free – and, as I have discovered, some mercury free dentists are members of one, some of both, and some of neither.
What is meant by "Mercury Free"
The term “mercury free” as used on this list means no amalgam restorations are ever performed – a big step for any dentist to make. Many are completely mercury free practices, others just mercury free dentists. Most will be experienced, and possibly skilled, at removing amalgams as well. Patient exposure to mercury vapour in the air will be much lower in clinics/areas where amalgams are never placed. This step also reflects the dentist’s attitude, as anyone who still places any amalgam fillings at all is not yet taking the health effects seriously (unless acting unethically). Some dentists ‘do mercury free as well as amalgam,’ which means they offer a choice. While this is far better than forcing amalgams on patients, these dentists have nevertheless been excluded from this particular list. Peer pressure; desire to keep NHS patients since the NHS still advocate use of mercury fillings; higher profits; and underestimation of the hazards may be common causes, but as one dentist put it, it would be a case of ‘putting mercury into people’s mouths on odd days then taking it out again on even days’ (and not taking it out properly anyway, I would add, since how can you possibly take care to remove it safely if you don’t think it is harmful in the first place? – you will inevitably cut corners instead, since time is money).
The following statements do not constitute professional medical advice, for which a qualified medical professional should be seen for an individual evaluation. However, I am sharing here some general introductory remarks and recommendations based on my personal opinions formulated through many years of research and experience, by way of having made mistakes in the past:
(a) For healthy and safety reasons, I’d suggest applying to the dentists listed below for all dental needs (i.e. not exclusively for amalgam removals), and not repairing to any other dentists in Britain and Ireland at the present time, since others not listed, to the best of my knowledge (unless you can verify otherwise), use poisonous mercury and other toxic dental materials as well as other unsafe procedures, and lack holistic training or experience, particularly regarding the safety concerns of heavy metals widely used in conventional dentistry. If there is another mercury-free holistic dentist you know who I could add to this list (and there are bound to be others I’ve missed), please let me know and I’ll investigate. I’m aware this list isn’t long (less than 0.005% of dentists feature on it!), but sadly this reflects the widespread lack of awareness among dentists of both toxicological and holistic issues – until this changes through public outcry and/or government legislation to ban the use of mercury!
(b) In case you’re thinking of having poisonous dental amalgam fillings removed, aim to find a dental clinic which has expertise and experience in how to perform this type of dental work safely, using safety precautions that other dentists do not yet use or know about. It is a good idea not to have any metals removed from the mouth by other dentists (e.g. any mercury-using dentist not on this list), as they are quite likely to do it unsafely and incompletely. There have been reports of people who thought a regular dentist had removed mercury from the mouth, but in fact they had not done it properly and then an experienced holistic mercury-free dentist had to do it again! For more information and the scientific background to my dental tips, see the following website for essential reading: www.iaomt.com.
(c) I’ve also found it is important not to have metals removed from the mouth without first undertaking a course of Field Control Therapy (FCT) treatments with an FCT practitioner, as they are trained to prepare the immune, endocrine and excretory systems to be thoroughly cleaned, protected and supported before, during and after such dental work. This includes, for example, the kidneys – which if ill-prepared may not remove mercury from the body effectively and are also highly vulnerable to direct damage from mercury, a well-established nephrotoxin (kidney toxin). FCT cleans and supports the kidneys and many other organs in a uniquely organ-specific way. [Editor's note - Field Control Therapy is an advanced medical modality practiced and recommended by the author of this article. Other mercury detoxification processes also exist.]
Dr Yurkovsky, founder of FCT, strongly advises FCT should be undertaken in conjunction with any amalgam removal work, starting at least 2 months before the dental work itself is begun, and particularly if there is a pre-existing health condition. To read more and to find the nearest FCT practitioner to your area, email me and/or see: www.fctworld.com
Beware of Uninformed Advice
Please also be warned that most dentists (after all, they use mercury in their clinics) would not agree with my recommendations, so if you repair to them for their views, they will most likely recommend you have/keep mercury in your mouth! You might even hear one of the oft-repeated phrases based on a poor knowledge of the science, such as, “It’s safer to leave them in than take them out!” – a statement which has been clearly disproven and therefore nullified by, among other things, scientific studies of removals performed using IAOMT procedures. So I would encourage you not to believe what the average dentist says, as although they may be well-meaning, such statements are founded in ignorance. In standard dental trainings in Britain and Ireland there is currently no training in the area of toxicology; I’d therefore suggest that such ‘expert’ opinions be taken with a pinch of salt, where mercury is concerned, since mercury is known in toxicology to be the second most toxic substance in existence, second only to plutonium – and therefore it is common sense not to have such poisons placed or maintained inside the mouth. If in doubt, ask your dentist to produce evidence of his or her training in toxicology (he/she won’t have any – and that explains the poor advice).
It’s also worth being aware that there is a rising trend in so-called ‘cosmetic dentistry’ which, combined with ever-improving mercury-free dental materials that are more pleasing to the eye than metallic fillings, means that many dentists are apparently jumping partly on the ‘mercury-free’ bandwagon but for cosmetic reasons, not toxicological ones. These dentists are best avoided, for all the above reasons, and particularly when they haven’t totally ceased their use of mercury 100% of the time.
If you know a dentist who is not using IAOMT procedures and/or equipment to remove amalgams safely, and seeks an affordable local source of equipment and/or training (or perhaps simply claims “there isn’t any” – now no longer true, at last!), you can put the dentist into contact with Dr Stewart Wright in Scotland, on tel. (44) 7831-108990, who has since 2010 established a service to bring dentists up to date in these ways.
Notes on procedures used by the dentists listed:
Summary: Most dentists on this list use basic safety measures during amalgam removal (unlike most dentists not listed here, who would typically remove amalgams in an unsafe speedy manner, if at all), but with varying degrees of precaution. Opinions differ on what is necessary or advisable, although if in doubt then the IAOMT is probably the best international point of reference as they base their protocols on science. Copious rinsing, high volume suction, thorough excavation (instead of leaving residues of mercury in the tooth to save time) and cutting and sectioning (rather than drilling), are used by most, whereas not everyone has gone to the effort (even though it is highly recommended by the IAOMT) to also fit out their clinic with special mercury filtration systems (preferably near the patient), nor does everybody use complete skin and hair covering for the patient and a nose piece with an alternative air supply (bear in mind that the most hazardous form of mercury released during the procedure is the invisible vapour form). Another significant safety measure is simply allowing plenty of time (unlike in the speedy drilling of regular dentistry) for the copious water suction and rinsing, in between careful skilled cutting of the amalgam. You the patient should also rinse out your mouth often, and keep on gargling and spitting until you see no metal and/or for at least a minute.
There are also some controversial questions: (a) Pacing: I agree with the IAOMT general recommendation that no more than 1-2 amalgams should be removed per month – so if a dentist suggests removing more in this time period and claims to be a “dentist following IAOMT protocols” this isn’t true; (b) Sequential removal based on electrical readings of a galvanometer is used by many, though some dispute its value; it’s fine but not a deal-breaker and personally I’d suggest a dental evaluation plus FCT testing to help prepare the body as well as determine the optimal sequence and pace of removal; (c) The use of a rubber dam to cover surrounding teeth during amalgam removals is, contrary to general opinion, NOT a deal-breaker in the least. It is in fact not so important whether one is used or not (as explained at the article linked above from the IAOMT), as it is not a very effective barrier. However, it may be useful, but if used it does need using in an IAOMT way, i.e. with a saliva ejector and plenty or rinsing, care, thoroughness and time; (d) The use of the clean-up aspirator tip (a.k.a. ‘dental condom’), which fits neatly over a single tooth, is another IAOMT-recommended method for limiting leakage, but likewise requires skilled use; (e) biocompatibility testing (individualized materials testing) is popular but of questionable value (changeability of a toxic immune system) unless FCT has been done first.
Only a small handful excel also at “holistic dentistry” with advanced testing and detoxification procedures. For some this might include, for instance, Field Control Therapy (FCT) testing and treatment (the modality I most recommend from personal experience, so dentists qualified in this have been marked with an asterisk), and cavitation (NICO lesion) detection (e.g. using a state-of-the-art “Cavitat”) and (where necessary) surgical cleaning (possibly relevant for patients who have ever had tooth extractions or root canal therapy). Not all mercury free dentists agree, but some consider the cleaning of cavitations, and/or extraction of those root-filled teeth which test as toxic, to be important to systemic health, though only a few advanced and experienced mercury free dentists currently address this issue (under 10% of those listed here). Other dentists, therefore, may sometimes refer patients when needed for special examinations and/or treatments of this kind. “TOPAZ” testing, as developed by Dr Boyd Haley, and used by some of the dentists listed (but not many), can be used to test root fillings for toxicity – if relevant, ask your dentist if this service is available; TOPAZ testing has indicated over 75% of root-fillings to be toxic. FCT testing is very helpful for priority testing among all of these and other health issues, to gain a perspective on the whole body’s status and needs. Not all mercury free dentists are completely metal free, which is arguably another consideration, due to the nickel, cadmium, aluminium, palladium, beryllium, titanium and other metals used in many non-amalgam dental materials. While none of these other metals are as toxic as mercury, by a long margin, they may not be healthy either, with varying degrees. Non-toxic completely metal-free filling materials now exist (such as the “DiamondLite” and “DiamondCrown” range) which are also reportedly more durable and stronger than amalgams. Another consideration is the use of non-abrasive teeth-cleaning methods which do not involve scraping (note: teeth-cleaning if there are amalgams in the mouth can be hazardous in itself anyway due to the heating, which increases mercury vapour release), and, when requested, the possible use of anaesthetics which do not contain adrenaline in case of sensitivity (or I have also known people do just fine with no anaesthetic at all).
WARNING: Not everyone on this list can necessarily be trusted to remove amalgams thoroughly or for the right reasons, or to perform skilful general dentistry, so it is recommended that you do your own research and reading before choosing a dentist. Also, performing composite restorations generally requires more skill, due to their careful layering, and it cannot be assumed that all dentists are competent at these procedures. Some dentists claim to have found mercury or trapped decay still in the mouths of people who thought they had already had it all removed and resolved by a different dentist. The compiler of this list does not recommend any course of treatment, and the inclusion of a dentist on this list does not constitute a recommendation. Please remember, as well, that a personal recommendation from someone you know always helps. I would also recommend general reading at the websites listed above. On a personal level, the dentists I would most likely choose for myself or a relative of mine would be one of those who have qualified in Field Control Therapy (marked with an asterisk below), since this provides a stamp of the highest level of expertise in heavy metal testing and treatment, and general organ healthcare, currently available.