Dental Amalgam “Mercury” Fillings…Are They Safe?

The FDA decided to weigh in on this question about the safety of Dental Amalgam (Mercury) Fillings with a new statement this week found here : FDA statement about Dental Amalgam Fillings.

In the statement, they warn people that are at higher risk to avoid these kinds of fillings.

Who do they define as higher risk?

  • Pregnant women and their developing fetuses;

  • Women who are planning to become pregnant;

  • Nursing women and their newborns and infants;

  • Children, especially those younger than six years of age;

  • People with pre-existing neurological disease;

  • People with impaired kidney function; and

  • People with known heightened sensitivity (allergy) to mercury or other components of dental amalgam.

Mercury Fillings Continue to Release Mercury

They also state that,

“Dental amalgam contains elemental mercury. It releases low levels of mercury in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. High levels of mercury vapor exposure are associated with adverse effects in the brain and the kidneys.”

I have had to learn how to remove mercury fillings safely and now I am a very strong proponent of removing mercury safely and when there are health concerns.

The Precautions We Take at Midway Family Dental

I now am the owner of a very busy Holistic Dental practice you know as Midway Family Dental.

We have specially built mercury clean rooms to remove mercury fillings safely, and have patients seek us out from around the region for these procedures.

So yes, I am glad the FDA is saying something about mercury!

If you or anyone you know falls in the categories listed above as higher risk, please let them know about the concerns with mercury fillings.

They are dangerous, and in my case, nearly took away my health and my profession.

If you choose to have them removed, PLEASE do it safely.

What does safely mean?

We use the protocols established by the IAOMT and are SMART certified to safely remove the fillings.

This means we use a high powered vacuum at the patient’s chin, face and body drapes to prevent mercury from landing on the skin, special mercury filtration masks for all team members, high volume suction, and water and a rinse to pick up the mercury remnants.

If you are going to have a filling removed, DO NOT have it removed unless it can be done with these protocols in place.

We are glad you have chosen Midway Family Dental for your health and wellness dental home, and we will continue to provide up to date information and standards to improve your life and your health!

To your health!

Dr. Rachel Riley

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Midway Ky Dentist, Dr Rachel Riley,  is a holistic dentist in Kentucky doing holistic dentistry best practices. Holistic dentistry includes ozone therapy and SMART amalgam removal. She is the dentist near me that provides general dental services including emergency dental visits, emergency dentist near Versailles Ky, and the dentist open on Saturday. We are a dental clinic with teeth whitening service, preventive care, ozone therapy, cosmetic dentist, endodontist treatment, orthodontist treatment, oral surgeon treatment, denture care center, emergency dental service, and dental implants periodontist. We have evening hours, affordable dentistry, pain-free dentistry, sedation dentistry, light sedation, affordable dentures, affordable dental implants, emergency same day, Invisalign, root canals,Kor whitening, affordable dental plan,same-day dentistry, emergency dentist, dental implants, mini dental implants, dentures, whitening, cosmetic dentistry, and  affordable wisdom tooth extraction with oral sedation. If you need affordable, convenient general dentist in Midway Kentucky and Versailles Ky. If you are looking for a mercury removal dentist, biological dentist,SMART dentist, safe amalgam removal, nontoxic dentistry, holistic dentistry and fluroide free dentist, we can speak with you about all of your options.  We are a full-service dental clinic, dental hygienist, dental radiology, and dental laboratory. We accept most insurances and offer comfort extractions, affordable denture techniques, and an in a house payment plan that saves you a substantial amount on your dental bills. We offer biohorizon dental implants, osteoready dental implants, prettau bridges, all on 4, same-day implants, mini dental implants, full mouth dental implants, all on 8, and of you need your teeth tomorrow, we can do that. We do same-day dentistry, affordable dental implants, dentures that attach to implants.  If you are looking for the best implant dentist in Midway Ky.Teeth implant, dental denture implant cost, implant dental cost, tooth implant, cheap dental implants, and affordable dental implants.  Surgery on Saturday is our latest attempt to make emergency dental visits, convenient and affordable and we now offer evening dental appointments and on Sunday.  Dentistry for diabetics is also an area of focus. We know your A!C is more stable with regular preventive dental care. We know that your comfort, affordability, and attention to detail is what you look for in a dentist near me in Midway Ky. 

If you’re looking for a holistic dentist, Midway Family Dental and Rachel Riley DMD  can help. We understand your concerns about the dental materials used to restore your teeth. And the proper disinfection protocols needed for safe dentistry including ozone therapy. Our goal is to help you achieve and sustain good oral health that supports your overall health.

Holistic Dentistry Practices

We use biocompatible materials as a healthy and aesthetic solution to restore teeth. We ensure restorations are correctly placed, bonded, and sealed to prevent leakage and decay. If you have allergies, metal sensitivities, or an autoimmune disorder, you can be confident that we use materials to support your overall health.


Amalgam fillings contain copper, mercury, silver, tin, and zinc. Although they are often referred to as silver fillings, they contain more mercury than silver—about 50%. Some studies show that chewing causes mercury vapor to be released from amalgam fillings. And that raises health concerns for many people.

Midway Family Dental and Rachel Riley DMD protect teeth from decay with porcelain materials or white composite fillings. Composite fillings have several advantages over amalgam fillings:

We use exclusively BPA Free composite fillings.

They are mercury-free.

  • While preparing a tooth for a filling, less removal of your healthy tooth structure is required.

  • They bond to your teeth and strengthen them.


If you have old amalgam fillings that need to be replaced, we use the SMART amalgam filling protocol. Visit our web page for videos on SMART amalgam filling removal. removal.

  • Isolate the affected tooth

  • Divide the filling into chunks

  • Vacuum out the chunks and particles at high speed

  • Rinse and clean your mouth with a liquid that binds to mercury

Metal-Free Crowns and Bridges


eMax crowns are made of lithium disilicate—a highly esthetic, high-strength material. Its characteristics include:

  • Extremely strong glass-ceramic

  • Can be manipulated to produce highly esthetic results

  • Provides excellent color, luster, and translucence


Zirconia (zirconium dioxide) is sometimes referred to as ceramic steel because it’s exceptionally strong. Some characteristics of zirconia restorations include:

  • Virtually no risk of an allergic reaction

  • Won’t show a dark line at your gumline, as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns will

  • Color and translucency similar to natural teeth

  • Strong enough to be used in a dental bridge for posterior teeth, instead of a commonly used metal foundation

Interested in Holistic Dentistry?

Rachel Riley DMD, holistic dentist in KY,  will be happy to speak with you regarding your oral health concerns and the ways they help you maintain a healthy smile. Call us to schedule an appointment,

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