Well, I survived. Thanks to countless prayers from family and friends, several doses of essential oilsphoto © 2010 R. M. Calamar | more info (via: Wylio)
(Peace & Calming and Valor), and a very chicken-sensitive dental office, I made it through the visit.
I was sincerely hoping that the broken tooth was smaller than it felt – because it felt cavernous. No such luck – the dentist was looking at the radiographs (digital x-rays) in his office as the were taken and said, “WOW! That’s a BIG HOLE!” Dang.
The short of it is that I need a crown on that tooth and maybe on another. The other tooth has a cracked filling and Dr. Kovar will go conservatively at first, trying to do it with a replacement filling, only resorting to a crown if absolutely necessary. The dental assistant told me that he’s a perfectionist, so nothing short of perfect will be done in my mouth as far as work. That’s good – it scratches my own (recovering) perfectionistic tendencies.
But here’s where the real work begins. I chose the dental office I did because Drs. Margolis and Kovar are biological dentists. A biological dentist is one who practices holistic dentistry and won’t put toxic things in your mouth to fix your teeth. There’s no point in fixing your teeth and poisoning your body by the materials used to fix your teeth. I’d begun to be concerned about the sheer volume of amalgam (silver, metal) fillings I had in my teeth, aware that they were very old, and thinking that maybe at some point I would have them removed and replaced with porcelain fillings.
Now is that time. This crown will be the first in a long series of dental visits to remove the amalgam fillings. As Dr. Kovar explained it to me, amalgam is 50% mercury (the only metal that’s liquid at room temperature). When you eat or drink something hot (coffee, tea, dinner?), the mercury expands in your tooth. It’s packed in the cranies and crevices of your tooth, and it expands as much as the tooth will let it. But guess what happens when you drink ice water (iced coffee, iced tea, ice cream?)? That’s right – it contracts! So all this while, the poor tooth is expanding, contracting, and absorbing pressure from eating, chewing, talking, and (in my case) clenching my jaws while asleep. So last Tuesday night my tooth said, “ENOUGH! I can’t take it anymore!” and broke off the first of 4 pieces that would eventually come out.
Now here’s where the “brilliance” of traditional dentistry-propaganda comes in to play: that mercury filling is toxic when outside of your mouth. When it comes out of a mouth, it must be quickly whisked away, labelled as toxic waste, and disposed of in a safe manner. But as long as that mercury filling is inside your mouth, it’s “safe.” Huh. Really? The distance from my tooth to outside of my mouth is something like 2.5″, maximum. So the distance from “outside my mouth” to “inside my mouth” suddenly turns the most toxic, non-radioactive substance on earth “safe”? Wow. We really are sheep if we believe that!
As much as I dislike the whole dental experience, I am happy to have the amalgam removed. I am excited to see what new form of health awaits me once this known-toxin is gone. It’s interesting in that my research about side-effects of mercury exposure have turned up a link between asthma and mercury. I got my first amalgam filling at age 3 (don’t ask why – most dentists who doing more than drilling for dollars will leave primary teeth alone) and my first recollection of struggling to breathe is at age 4. Is there a link? Maybe, maybe not. But it will be interesting to see if there’s something there for me.
If you’re still not convinced about mercury and its off-gassing in your mouth from fillings, watch this video. It shows the direct effect of heating up a mercury-amalgam filling (from chewing, drinking or eating hot things, etc.) under normal circumstances. It’s eye-opening, to say the least.