Is it safe to remove silver amalgam fillings when pregnant or breastfeeding?
The natural health industry has routinely recommended the removal of any mercury amalgam fillings prior to planning a family. This needs to be done with a strict protocol that protects you, the dentist and staff, and the environment. Ideally the removal of amalgam fillings and their replacement with non toxic composite or porcelain materials should be addressed at least six months prior to conceiving.
The mercury released from dental amalgams has been shown to cross the placenta during pregnancy and is also transferred via breast milk during breast-feeding.
If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding it is not advised to consider any mercury amalgam removal unless you have decay which necessitates treatment.
Alternatively, I’d recommend a soft mouth guard worn during sleep to prevent grinding and clenching on your amalgams at night.