Toxic Mercury Amalgam in Ellicott City, MD

Toxic Mercury Amalgam

The topic of mercury fillings has been debated in dentistry for decades. Metal amalgam fillings are composed of approximately 50 percent mercury, with the rest consisting of silver, tin, copper, and zinc. 

If you have mercury fillings, trace amounts of mercury vapor are constantly being released by your restorations. This increases when you chew food, drink beverages, and grind your teeth. For this reason alone, we believe that mercury fillings should be abandoned by modern dentistry.

Over 200 million Americans have had this highly toxic metal placed in their mouths, creating what many leading researchers believe to be a “toxic time bomb.” The World Health Organization has identified dental amalgam as a major source of mercury contamination in humans.

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What’s hard to believe is that mercury amalgam is legally treated as a highly dangerous material before it’s placed in your mouth and after it’s removed. However, for almost 200 years, traditional dentists have insisted that it becomes a safe and stable substance once the mercury is mixed into an amalgam and placed in your mouth.

Today we know that isn’t true. The poisonous metal implanted in your teeth is continuously leaking into your body and collecting over time. Some experts believe that up to 90% of Americans are adversely affected by low-level mercury poisoning. Here at the Julian Center for Toxic-Free Dentistry, we firmly believe that dental care should be free of toxins. 

One of the damaging effects of low-level mercury poisoning is weakening the immune system. Mercury leaking from your fillings could play a part in almost every illness, from cancer to chronic fatigue syndrome. We care about your overall wellness, so Dr. Sambataro offers mercury-free fillings to safeguard your smile while protecting the rest of your body as well. 


Happy parents and their young daughterHere at Julian Center for Toxic-Free Dentistry, we can remove toxic mercury fillings and replace them with safe, metal-free alternatives. Removing your mercury fillings can improve your overall health and you may notice that you have fewer health complaints overall.

In a study in Norway, dentists removed mercury fillings from patients suffering from a variety of health complaints. These included fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, lack of concentration, and memory problems. The researchers followed up with the patients after three months, one year, and three years, noticing a significant reduction in their health issues.


Despite clear evidence from around the world, metal amalgams are still the filling material of choice for many dentists. The government requires special handling of mercury because it has been linked to birth defects, autoimmune illnesses, and neurological illnesses including depression. Mercury can cross the blood-brain and placenta barriers. New research has also linked the presence of mercury in the brain to one of the major structural markers in Alzheimer’s disease.

All standard metal amalgam fillings consist of approximately 50% mercury and, according to a 1991 study by the World Health Organization, release 3-17 micrograms of mercury into the bloodstream every day. The safe level established by the EPA for mercury exposure is 10 micrograms per day.


The Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners legally requires that the following statement be placed on any information provided to the public concerning the dangers of mercury amalgam:

“The National Institute of Health has determined that there are no verifiable systemic health benefits resulting from the removal of mercury amalgams.”

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You don’t have to risk side effects from your mercury fillings. Dr. Sambataro is dedicated to providing dental care that ensures toxic-free procedures and treatments. Our goal isn’t limited to your oral health, we are invested in securing optimal overall wellness for all our patients. Are you interested in learning more about our toxic-free fillings? Call our Ellicott City office at (410) 964-2865 to set up a consultation today.