How a Mercury Filling Almost Took My Son’s Life

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Mercury Fillings. Safe or No? Come read about How a Mercury Filling Almost Took My Son's Life. Really.

A Mercury Filling almost took my son's life.

Don't believe me?

Well, it's true.

There are some stories about our family's health that I tell on occasion to share about what we've been learning.

Recently I thought that I should share some of these “stories” with all of you so that you can learn more about what we've been through.

This is one of those stories.

Now, before I start, keep in mind that I used to be someone who never thought twice about

Like all those things I mentioned above, I never thought twice about getting mercury fillings either.  I mean, you're telling me that mercury leaches into your body and actually hurts you?  Why would my friendly family dentist put something into my body that would actually hurt me?


Think again.

Our Mercury Fillings

Since I completely trusted our dentists, and since the mercury fillings were a lot cheaper  than the alternative (and we were not raking in the dough), when my oldest needed fillings (and he needed a lot), we always got the silver ones.

Well, one particular time, after he got not just one mercury filling, but two mercury fillings, he kept complaining that one hurt.  I kept reassuring him that nothing was wrong, but he kept complaining and complaining.

And then I started worrying.  I remembered stepping into the room when he was getting the fillings put in and seeing quite a bit of blood.  I wasn't sure, but I didn't recall ever seeing a whole lot of blood from fillings before, but then mine were always quite superficial and I only had 2 in my whole life.  But the blood thing continued to bother me.

So I took him in to have the dentist look at it, but the dentist found nothing wrong.  I think we even went in twice for reassurance.

Fast forward a few weeks.

The Nightmare Begins

My son woke up saying that his tooth hurt a lot and his cheek was swollen.  That afternoon he laid down for a nap around 2 pm and slept 'til 5, which was very odd for him.

When I woke him up (so he'd actually sleep that night), the nightmare began.

Half of his face was swollen down to his jawbone and up around his eye.  His eye was almost swollen shut.

I called the doctor and they sent me right over to the hospital.

Now I knew something was wrong.

Admitted immediately.  His swelling was cellulitis – a potentially life-threatening infection of the soft tissues.  Since it was around his eye it was dangerously close to his brain.

Not words a mama wants to hear.

The doctor started IV antibiotics.  But my son got worse.  When I saw my son the next day (Dad stayed in the hospital with him because his younger brother was just a baby and I was home with him), half of his face looked like the Elephant Man's.

24 hours after being admitted there was talk about him being sent to Infectious Disease because the infection wasn't responding.

“No!”  I screamed silently.

I drove back and forth from the hospital, getting whole foods and clothing for my son.  Crying, praying and singing Psalm 23 from the Psalter…

“Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale…yet will I fear no ill….”

Finally, just before they were ready to send him on to the next set of specialists, things started turning around and we went home with a lot of antibiotics and my son finished them.

Then, about a week later, my son told me that his mouth felt funny.  There it was.  A small swollen spot just above the filling.

Mom got VERY scared and made an appointment.

Doctor visit.

Doctor thinks mom is crazy and that the swelling will go away on its own.

“It's not just above the filling” he said.

“Yes, it is,” I insisted.

“No, it isn't.”

“Yes, it is,” I said, getting angry and frustrated that he wasn't listening to my mother's instincts.  Couldn't he see it?  Didn't he know what we'd just been through?

“What's it going to take to make you happy, Adrienne?”

“A referral to an oral surgeon.”

Well, I got it.

Three oral surgeons.  Their recommendations?

  • Outpatient surgery.
  • Biopsy.
  • The third, most experienced doctor said, “I'm just going to pull the tooth.”

I went with #3.  Least invasive and least expensive.

Tooth pulled and the most well-respected oral surgeon in our city said, “Yes, it was just above the filling and I've never seen anything like it in my life.”

(This was said by perhaps that most competent and experienced oral surgeon in our city–one with a reputation for good health care.)

It was a granuloma.

What's a granuloma?

I didn't know either.  According to Wikipedia:

Granuloma is a medical term for a tiny collection of immune cells known as macrophages. Granulomas form when the immune system attempts to wall off substances that it perceives as foreign but is unable to eliminate.

Hmmm..From what I could tell, my son's body appeared to be attempting to wall off the mercury filling. (It's possible that the granuloma was related to the injury of getting the filling and not the filling itself, but given my son's Asperger's Syndrome (high-functioning autism) and the heavy metal issues that we are now uncovering, I am not ruling out a reaction to the mercury.  Regardless–stay aware and vigilant about yours and your family's health.

Tooth removed.  Granuloma gone.

No more swelling.

The moral of this story is . . .

well, in my mind, there are several:

1.  Don't assume that others' stories of “invisible health issues” or sensitivities are invalid or “all in their head.”  I used to think so.  Now that a number of them have come to roost in my own household, I know otherwise.

2.  Mercury is a poison.  I recommend not putting mercury fillings in your mouth as a permanent structure. I'm not saying this is for sure what caused the cellulitis, but I don't want it in my body or in the body of those in my family.

3.  You are the parent.  You are in charge of your child's health.  I knew something was wrong with my son and though I was ridiculed by his physician, I pressed on.  He might have died otherwise.  Guess who isn't our physician any longer?  I sent the resulting medical results to him and didn't even get a reply. Not good.

4.  Don't take the lives of your loved ones for granted.  Things could have turned for us on a dime that day.  For now, we are all still together.  Thank God.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your story. My son just got a filling today. The dentist tried to talk me into a mercury filling. Saying it is safe. At first I said ok, then I said wait I don’t feel good about the mercury filling, I want the other. I don’t care if it doesn’t last as long. Then I googled your story and now feel I made the right choice. Thank you so much! Parents need to be warned of this danger because dentists are saying these fillings are fine. I read that some countries have banned them.

  2. Paul Killmier says:

    I have two permanent raised skin blemishes on my tongue exactly adjacent to were the fillings sat in my mouth ,im sure if I saw twenty doctors at least one of them would diagnose this as a granuloma

  3. Paul Killmier says:

    Not sure what that. Is im just talking from personal experience and what I worked out from a Facebook amalgam discussion group,were most members had high unexplained metal levels of metals that aren’t used in amalgam

  4. Paul Killmier says:

    There are actually three ways amalgam fillings can make you sick firstly electrolysis can result in unatural levels of electricity being produced in the mouth this is damaging to the bodies nervous system,then when electrolysis is underway mercury is released at increasing quantities from the fillings ,this is also very damaging to the body as mercury is so incredibly toxic and damaging to the body only behind plutonium in toxicity,and finally once the body has positively charged metal particles within it any metals that are ingested or absorbed through the skin are held onto via magnetism ,resulting in increasing heavy metal levels and making the trifecta of severe health problems

    • Very interesting – thank you. Would any of these possibly lead to a granuloma as we experienced?

      • Dentist says:

        Both this articles and the comments are moronic. Coming from a family of qualified dentists for years and years I can tell you this is all rubbish. There is NO danger with mercury fillings despite what internet garbage you have pulled up, it isn’t scientifically possible to have a toxic amount within a filling, it’s been scientifically proven many times, when people say “mercury is released into the system when grinding teeth” this is laughable nonsense. Also “electrolytes” have nothing to do with electricity, like dear god that is laughable, no doubt someone with zero medical knowledge. If this isn’t all just complete lies and your child actually had cellutis I am telling you now it would have been caused by bacteria that was already living in his mouth and somehow made its way into his bloodstream. Pages like this should be taken off the internet, prevents real people getting GENUINE and FACTUAL medical help.

        • Hello “Dentist”.

          Nice to know about your family history. However, may I ask this? If I were a doctor and my family history went back to generations of doctors, would that mean that I was right about everything regarding health?

          Also, have you read this document on the FDA’s site and looked up the references in it?

          I’m not saying that I am for sure right but there is a lot of disconcerting information out there about mercury. What GENUINE help do you think this post about my experience is leading people not to get? How about they just ask for a composite filling instead of a mercury one? I wasn’t advising anyone to forego dental help.


          As for whether or not my child had cellulitis, I find that to be insulting that you would insinuate that I am lying about that or anything else in this post (or on my blog) but if you wish you can contact me directly and I can fwd the medical records to you. Thanks for reading.

          • anita ivette ferrer says:

            Thank you Adrienne, for sharing and as far as the “dentist” who wrote this. Let me tell you about the 10 tormenting years I’ve endured suffering from a mysterious neurological disorder, TMJ-Dystonia.. May everyone who reads this learn from my mistake of having a mercury amalgam filling improperly removed by a “non-holistic” dentist. I used to be a vivacious, attractive and very aspiring performer-songwriter and youth minister. I delivered telephone books by day to supplement my recording Albums and ministry of hurting women, children, the elderly & homeless. Soon after my filling was removed, I had a pulling in my throat muscles. It got worse at the end of two weeks and my husband took me to the primary care doctor in our town. I was diagnosed with Dystonia. I was prescribed muscle relaxants drugs given to “movement” disorder people. I stopped taking them because my mind was foggy, I felt sedated and apathetic. my recording and performing required me to be be alert and concise, so I suffered spastic face twitching, pulling of my throat muscles and tongue-biting. It worsened and at present, I am basically house-bound. Driving causes my upper body to jerk violently, so I barely drive to my weekly chiropractor appointment. A bizarre spastic reaction of my mouth, lower face and shoulders happen as soon as I start the engine! Low barometric pressure also seems to affect my jaw joints, cartilage & ligaments. My poor husband has spends over 25, grand in various holistic-alternative doctors. Most of the test for heavy metals are astronomical, as well as countless TMJ dentists who promise to fix the problem with some mouth appliance. (Which many have reported to NOT fix the jaw misalignment. The other strange thing I’ve found is that focusing on my fine -jewelry beading is about the only thing that relaxes the spastic throat and neck muscles. So we’ve come to the conclusion that this all started because of mercury pouring into my lower mouth, tongue and throat area, (and which has caused HAVOC with the workings of my neuro-transmitters and brain workings. It has been the darkest time of my life & I’d never thought I’b be struggling each day to lose the desire to live because these violent spasms have affected every aspect of my health, life, social-family relationships and even my creativeness and talent in music, fashion design and art! Imagine having NO interest at all in former things one used to love. My next step is making a documentary video of my devastating season of suffering from TMJ-Dystonia mercury poisoning. This is a serious danger and the world needs to know to avoid mercury amalgam fillings. May every dentist read my account and get their acts together. I thank God for my holistic dentist in Belmar ,NJ, who has been a great help in educating me on holistic dentistry!

          • Oh my. This is just terrible. Can I ask if you have done detox work? Have you seen this? I actually know someone w/ dystonia. I told her it was heavy metals but she refused to really look into it and is not basically crippled. I’m so sorry for you and what you have gone through but am glad that you are working to get the word out. Hope to see you around again.