Claudine Phillips

How To Remove Silver (Amalgam) Fillings Safely

In this episode of The Claudine Phillips Show, I discuss how to remove your amalgam/silver fillings SAFELY. I am crazy about this ya’ll. Heavy metal toxicity is a serious issue here in the US and it is rarely connected to the ailments we deal with today. Heavy metal toxicity occurs in our bodies not only because of our metal laded public drinking water and the air we breathe, but by our very own mouths. Every day exposure just because we chew and brush out teeth.  Our silver fillings could be the cause of your autoimmune disease due to heavy metal toxicity. The good news, however, is that you can do something about it. I discuss what type of dentist to choose, the steps required for safe removal,  and how to begin you heavy metal detox plan. This one is a gem I would have loved to have known about prior to my first amalgam removal. I hope this podcast and post catches you early!

For those of us that still have mercury fillings, it is time to get them removed, but ONLY if you have the opportunity to work with a biological dentist. Avoid making the mistake I made years ago getting a silver filling removed on a wim with a doctor not trained in safe amalgam removal. I immediately became sick with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, began to have hair loss, experienced extreme fatigue, and slowly increased in weight regardless of efforts. 

What you will learn this week:

We have to really WANT this transformation. We have to own the journey to a healthier you. NO ONE will want this more than you! And before you embark on the steps to transformation to a healthy you can start, it begins with asking yourself three questions:

Are Amalgams Really That Dangerous?

Not only is mercury vapor known to be released from dental mercury amalgam fillings at higher rates during brushing, cleaning, clenching of teeth, and chewing, it is the most toxic upon removal.  When I had that one filling removed years ago,  I was exposed to significant amounts of mercury vapors since the dentist at the time did not take a single safety protocol. I cringe to think that I laid there as he drilled out the mercury from my tooth and the vapors just flew! Not a single precaution was made. 

All dental amalgam restorations contain approximately 50% mercury, and reports and research prove this. Scientific research demonstrates that dental mercury amalgam exposes dental professionals, dental staff, dental patients, and unborn children the mercury vapor, mercury-containing particulate, and/or other forms of mercury contamination. Mercury is also known to be released during the placement of dental mercury amalgam fillings.  Bottomline, unsafe amalgam removal process releases mercury vapor and particles that can be harmful to the patient, the dentist, the dental staff, and the environment.

What is a Biological Dentist?

Biological dentists are well aware of the dangers involved with toxic materials such as mercury fillings (aka amalgams).  Your biological dentist views your teeth and gums as an integrated part of your entire body, and any medical treatments performed takes this fact into account. The primary aim of holistic dentistry is to resolve your dental problems while working in harmony with the rest of your body. 

Utilizing the most up-to-date science and research, The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has developed extensive safety recommendations for removal of existing dental mercury amalgam fillings, including detailed protective measures that are to be utilized for the procedure. The IAOMT’s innovative recommendations build upon traditional safe amalgam removal techniques such as the use of masks, water irrigation, and high volume suction by supplementing these conventional strategies with a number of additional protective measures, the need for which have only recently been identified in scientific research.

Where Can I Find a Biological Dentist in My Area?

When on the search for a biological or holistic dentist, you may not even know where to begin. Referrals are few and far between because many don’t know about the dangers of amalgam existence, removal and placement. I have done the homework for you to a point. You will just need to type in your area code to get a list of dentists near you for some of these links below. Other links provide a deeper understanding of what  biological dentist is and what to look for. Click on these links below.

What Steps are Involved is Safe Amalgam Removal?

Many biological dentists embrace the IAOMT recommendations. They officially officially renamed this protocol as the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART), and offer a training course for IAOMT dentists to become certified in SMART.

“Utilizing the most up-to-date science and research, The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has developed extensive safety recommendations for removal of existing dental mercury amalgam fillings…”

Amalgam Removal Checklist

Review this list when you interview a biological dentist to ensure you are in good hands and they are taking all the precautions necessary to have a safe removal.

It is important to note that as a safety precaution, the IAOMT does not recommend amalgam filling removal for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding and that the IAOMT does not recommend that dental personnel who are pregnant or breastfeeding conduct work that disrupts amalgam fillings (including their removal)

How Should I Prepare and Protect Myself When Considering Removal?

Not only do you need to find the right doctor for safe and proper removal, but you must prepare yourself beforehand to allow the detoxification pathways to be optimized, open and ready for the detox post removal. To get your body ready prior to removal and to support your your detoxification after removal, I go super detailed over here. Just remember OPS: Open Pathways, Protect During, and Support and Detox After to keep you safe and supported the entire way through this process.

I can not express this enough. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FIND A BIOLOGICAL DENTIST TO REMOVE YOUR AMALGAMS, DO NOT GET THEM REMOVED. You are safer having them in your teeth than if you get them removed unsafely.  

Above is a picture of my amazing biological dentist, Dr. Sharon Dickerson of the McGinty Dental Group, that removed my amalgams safely. McGinty Dental Group is not just a dental practice. They look at your entire being holistically prior to conducting any dental work. I consider Dr. Dickerson as a part of my healthcare team and I hope you embrace this same philosophy. She is extremely educated in functional medicine and understands the  connection of oral health to total body health. It’s one in the same. 


And how about this for a little bonus? The filling I had removed unsafely (#3) was a tooth that is connected to my thyroid according to the Meridian Tooth Chart.  Go get a mirror, look at what teeth you have filled with amalgams, and check out THIS LINK . Are any of those teeth connected to any of your ailments? 

Do you want to keep reading?! Well, you are in luck! Click here to discover how to prepare for and recover from amalgam removal.


I am Claudine Phillips, a Registered Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist who in recovery from Hashimotos Thyroiditis and other autoimmune diseases. I journal, vlog, and podcast my experiences to help you find your healing as well. I termed the phrase #wholisticgreatness to embrace mental, physical, and spiritual health in order to achieve complete recovery. I share my research and protocols to provide inspiration, tactics, and strategies so that you, too, achieve the best life you could image! Is that you? Then let’s do this! I can be found speaking locally and nationally, journalling and vloging my research and protocols on this site, and connecting with you on my podcast The Claudine Phillips Show and on all the socials at @claudinephillips. I can’t wait to connect!

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