Is There A Battery In Your Mouth?

That’s a strange question to ask or is it? Did you know that most metals found in your mouth have the ability to create an electrical charge? This charge can be responsible for numerous side effects that are rarely associated with the dental work found in your mouth.

Galvanic current is a term that has been used in dentistry for over 100 years. It is a condition created by the presence of dissimilar metals in the oral cavity of the teeth and gums, with saliva serving as the electrolyte. Have you ever felt a “shock” to your teeth caused by a piece of tin foil or a spoon that touches a sliver or mercury filling in your mouth? If you answer yes to this question, you’ve experienced a galvanic event.

There are several different types of galvanism: 1) A silver/mercury filling is placed in opposition or adjacent to a tooth restored with gold. These dissimilar metals in conjunction with saliva and body fluids constitute an electric cell. When brought into contact, the circuit is shorted, the flow of electrical current passes through the pulp, and the patient experiences pain. 2) Dissimilar metals coming into contact when the upper and lower teeth come together and touch each other. 3) Two adjacent teeth are restored with dissimilar metals. The current flows from metal to metal through the dentine, bone and tissue fluids of both teeth resulting in discomfort and tooth sensitivity.

We learned about the galvanic current in dental school. We’ve read about it in dental journals. However, how often do dentists follow the protocols that are necessary to avoid this condition from occurring? The dental profession needs to be more aware of the negative effects that are caused by galvanic currents and be committed to prevent the unwanted, and often harmful, electrical charges or imbalances from occurring.

Other than tooth sensitivity, galvanism can cause a metallic or salty taste in the mouth, increase salivary secretion, and burning or tingling sensation of the tongue. Other systemic complications may include headaches, chronic fatigue, memory loss, sleep deprivation and even irritability due to its effects to the central nervous system.

The brain operates on 7 to 9 nano-amps which is 1000 times weaker than the currents resulting from non-precious metals found in the oral cavity. That is the difference between touching a 9 volt battery and sticking your finger in the light socket as far as the brain is concerned. Since the upper teeth are less than 2 inches from the brain, it is of concern that adding this much excess electrical activity has the potential of creating mis-directed impulses in the brain.

How can you tell if you have a galvanic current occurring in your mouth? The good news is that it can be measured. An electrical potential meter known as the Rita Meter can be used to measure electrical charges on fillings, crowns and metallic appliances. (Normal readings range from +2/-2 micro-amps.)

Healthy gold crowns or composite resins (tooth colored fillings) most often register a positive charge. When they register a negative charge greater than -2, it usually indicates either decay under an old filling or there’s an amalgam/mercury filling under a crown.

If these symptoms sound familiar or if you’ve had 4 or 5 different dentists caring for your dental needs over the years, chances are much greater that there are several dissimilar metals to be found in your mouth.

Metals will not necessarily always cause the galvanic effect in the mouth. It depends on the specific metal and alloy being used along with quantity and placement in the mouth. However, knowing that some of the above symptoms could be dental related may provide you with an opportunity to evaluate your mouth from a different perspective and discover once and for all if there is a galvanic current present in one or multiple sites in your mouth.

Solution? Remove the offending material(s) connected with that particular tooth or teeth in order to reduce this unwanted electrical charge and create a balanced condition. Biological dentistry views galvanism as an obstacle to achieving overall health and wellness. Keep it simple, keep it safe. A balanced body is a healthy body.

About Dr. Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN

Dr. Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN is one of the few Biological (Holistic) Dentists in St. Louis, MO and the U.S. that are Certified Clinical Nutritionists (CCN). He practices Biological Dentistry that includes mercury free, tooth colored fillings; healthy dental materials; balancing body chemistry; and nutritional therapy. For articles and information about Biological Dentistry (also referred to as Holistic Dentistry) and patient success stories visit or call his office 314-997-2550. Attend a free monthly presentation and discussion by Dr. Rehme on Biological Dentistry the third Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm and his dentistry office in St. Louis. Please call to verify the date.

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60 Responses to Is There A Battery In Your Mouth?

  1. Tammy May 4, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Hello… it is 3:45am. I am up because of what you just explained. Thank you for restoring my sanity ! One week ago, I had my first root canal for a broken tooth and the restoration 5 days later where he installed a silver temporary crown. I have many fillings from childhood ( I am 49 ); healthy teeth otherwise. Almost instantly I had the sour taste in my mouth…just thought it was from shots. Now three days later if my top and bottom teeth touch. I get a jolt and Have a acidic taste, kinda like heart burn from my mouth down my throat. I can not sleep, Have nausea and a burning sensation in the cheek on the side of the crown. I was looking for a quick fix to calm the situation so I can sleep. Supposed to have the crown replaced in 2 weeks. This is truly miserable. First I thought it was all in my head. #19 and #14or15…

    • Michael Sarver January 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

      What became of this? I have the same issue.

    • bashir khan May 11, 2017 at 7:56 am #

      yes you are right as i hv experience that i have 5 crowns and bridges on my teeth, i am feeling some electrical effect.
      more over when i do computer or android mobile some electronic flow starts from mouse to my finger tip to my teeth , now i am feeling some pain in my fingers tips and right shoulder bone joint , really it is big problem
      if any body have suggestion to get rid of this situation

      • Office May 11, 2017 at 10:57 am #

        We recommend consulting a biological dentist, who can properly diagnose the problem and provide a sensible treatment plan. If you’re too far from St. Louis to consult us, you may be able to find a practitioner closer to you through the directories of the main professional organizations for biological and holistic dentists: (IABDM)

    • Richard November 29, 2017 at 12:29 am #

      It seems like I had a cavity of sudden and most every tooth plus my bone decay under my teeth never had problems before I got these feelings in and I got a taste in my mouth like you’re eating aluminum foil you can tell it’s a metal and it’s made with 50% Mercury and Mercury is one of the most dangerous poisonous substance on Earth. When they take your fillings out they put it into a bio hazardous container but yet they put it in our mouth.! I’m going to the doctor and I’m going to see if I can get a lawsuit going on this is ridiculous I got a shock the other day felt like a tingle.! This is not what I asked for in the first place I asked for the white fillings which is some sort of positive material but not metal like ceramic it hardens good luck with yours I’m going to do my best God bless

  2. Alex October 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    After months I think I finally know why my tongue has increasingly painful marks directly in line with a gold tooth at #26 (FDI) and nickel at #16 (FDI). When the tongue moves upwards and ‘connects’ the two metal crowns. Boom – an electrical current passes through… it’s a very rational theory and one I am going to test with my dentists. #26 gold was just installed but #16 is long over due for a change – if I change that one to porcelain… maybe all of this misery and discomfort will go away…

  3. Shelly April 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Im experiencing the same problem. I have a temporary silver crown that is making contact with a gold crown right above it. This is the worst kind of dental pain! Please..please new crown come in!

  4. david dritsas July 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    I was recently reading your very informative website and wanted to know if you could point me in the right direction on a troubling issue that has been affecting me for over 10 years. I believe the issue involves oral galvanic currents in my mouth.

    I simply don’t know where to turn anymore to get answers for this long-time lingering, perplexing and frustrating condition.

    In a nutshell, for over 10 years I have experienced what seems like an electric-type current in my upper mouth/head region, which creates the following symptoms: constant brain fog, lethargy and overall listlessness.

    This, despite having all my amalgam fillings/metal crowns removed and replaced, over 10 years ago, in a Huggins-protocol clinic, with biocompatible, non-conducting porcelain/ceramic materials.

    I have tried all sorts of mercury detoxing with no success, (ie. Andrew Cutler’s detox as outlined in his book “Amalgam Illness, etc) I simply don’t know where to turn or who to talk to for an accurate diagnosis to “cure” this malady.

    Of course, my family thinks it’s “all in my head”, because other than the aforementioned neurological symptoms, I am in peak health. The impact on my productivity has been immense.

    What could be creating this “energy” around my mouth which sort of paralyzes me from functioning how I used to?? If only I could just “turn it off” I feel I would be instantly better. But how?

    Any suggestions and/or directions or contacts you could provide me with and I would be eternally grateful.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    David Dritsas
    Los Angeles, Ca

    • Dr. Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN July 24, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      It does sound like a perplexing situation! You may want to have your restorations checked again for galvanic currents. Some composites can contain a lot of aluminum oxide, which could trigger the kind of response you describe. If the readings are normal, though, then you know something else is going on that requires attention from other specialists.

      In LA, you might contact the office of Dr. James Rota about getting your present restorations checked:

    • John Sigmon December 10, 2014 at 12:24 am #

      Hi David!

      God only knows how I stumbled upon your comment, but I am currently having my amalgam fillings replaced by IAOMT dentist, Dr. Yokoyama, in downtown Los Angeles. I’ve replaced 2 of my 6 fillings, and just now learned about the Huggins protocol and have been fear stricken to see that he highly recommends sequential removal, so much so that he claims that full physical healing is impossible if not done in the proper order. Do you mind describing your Huggins-based dental revision in depth? Particularly I’d like to know:

      1. Which Huggins dentist did you see? By chance was it Dr. Villareal in Thousand Oaks?
      2. Did you do all the restorations in one session or did you spread it out?
      3. Did they perform sequential removal, determining the sequence using electrical current readings of each of your fillings?
      4. Were your symptoms present before your dental revision or only after?

      Any color you can provide would be extremely helpful as it could help to relieve me of some of my fear that I may have bundled my amalgam removals.

      To help return the favor…are there any other types of materials (pins, implants, plates) in your head from past surgeries or restorative work? For example, besides my amalgam fillings, I also have a=a sub lingual permanent metal retainer for my bottom teeth, and two titanium pins in my upper jaw. If I were to have received the same treatment as you, and still had problems, I would check to see if these may be causing the symptoms you mentioned.

    • grace muniz September 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

      Please look into DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (FOOD GRADE)
      2 TBLSPNS IN A.M. 2 IN PM daily can definitely solve your issue.

      • Joyce September 15, 2016 at 11:34 am #

        Why does Diatomaceous Earth help?

    • Kayola Tyson May 6, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

      Hello, kindly let me know if you were able to get your problem rectified as I have the same problem. I have been told also “its all in my head” so I understand you very well

  5. Jennifer October 14, 2014 at 3:25 am #

    I have a metal filling which is there about 17 years, and i never had a problem with it, recently i got braces on my teeth, now each time my toothbrush touches the part of the tooth between the brace and the gum i get an electric shock feeling, my dentist checked and told me that nothing is wrong with the tooth but like that saliva could be causing a battery like affect between the two metals, it means I’m currently unable to brush the tooth and with braces this is a huge problem, he said it would settle down in time? but its been over a week now

    • Dr. Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN October 14, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      A biological dentist can evaluate the matter properly. If you’re in the St. Louis area, feel free to give us a call at 314-997-2550 to discuss your situation. If you need to find a biological dentist elsewhere, several organizations have helpful online directories:

  6. Dan January 29, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    I had my wisdom teeth removed nearly two years ago at age 72 because they were collecting food particles, like celery, really bad. Other than that they were not giving me any problems. Ever since the extraction I have been experiencing a terrible “constant” metalic (best way to describe it) taste in my mouth, that is continuing to get worse and worse as time goes by. Neither my oral surgen, my dentist or my medical doctor can tell me what’s going. I’m hopeing that you can and where I can get help. I live in a small town in central Washington state.

    • Office February 2, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

      We’re sorry, but we can’t comment or offer advice on specific dental health situations on this blog. Just give us a call at our office instead: (314) 997-2550. We’d be glad to speak with you.

      If you’d like to consult with a biological dentist closer to home, all three of the main professional societies for biological dentistry have online directories available:

      International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology:

      International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine:

      Holistic Dental Association:

  7. pamela fritz January 31, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    I have been diagnosed via Igenx Lab w/Bartonella & Babesia and clinically diagnosed by LLD with Lyme. I recently spent a lot of money having one tooth replaced in order to avoid having a root canal. I have my teeth cleaned 3-4 times per yr. and yet in the last few months I have 3-4 teeth that are turning “brown” which I am sure is from the Bartonella. I use a combo of hydrogen peroxide and perioguard for oral rinse, but don’t know what to do about these other teeth going bad. Supposedly my dentist is a “preventative” dentist using holistic solutions but they don’t seem to have an answer for this. These affected teeth are in the bottom front of my mouth and I am very afraid I am going to lose all of those teeth. What can I do?

    • Office February 2, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

      We’re sorry, but we can’t comment or offer advice on specific dental health situations on this blog. Just give us a call at our office instead: (314) 997-2550. We’d be glad to speak with you.

      If you’d like to consult with a biological dentist closer to home, all three of the main professional societies for biological dentistry have online directories available:

      International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology:

      International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine:

      Holistic Dental Association:

    • Kathy April 26, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

      Check out this book, Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. It has some really interresting research behind it. I purchased it months ago and have been trying to follow its advice. Good luck and God bless

    • Elaine Chandler February 16, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

      You mentioned that you are rinsing with hydrogen peroxide. I was told by a holistic practitioner that hydrogen peroxide reacts with the mercury in fillings and causes it to leak into the body, and so should never be used as a rinse or gargle.

  8. Annette February 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    Would Durelon cement have any potential for a galvanic response since it contains zinc oxide and tin oxides? Thanks a lot for your help.

    • Office March 4, 2015 at 11:18 am #

      Dr. Rehme doesn’t use this product, so we really can’t say, unfortunately.

    • Miguel July 10, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

      NO, Durelon is a polycarboxylate cement, you are right about its ingredients, but metallic oxides form compounds named ceramics, and are non conductive. IN fact the cement helps to provide a little of isolation from direct contact of alloy with your tooth, but the film is very thin, less than 25 microns. Anyway, at present, the polycarboxylates are little used, most dentists now use resin cements, which are stronger and wilth lower solubility, or hybrid cements of resin with Glass ionomer.

  9. Sherry N. April 24, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    For about 7-8 years I have been experiencing salty, excess saliva around my upper teeth only. I had dental implants, braces, and this is around the time it began. I’m always placing my tongue at my upper teeth and making a suction motion, like when you try to suck something stuck between your teeth out. I’ve been to about 5 different ENTs, two specialist, a voice doctor, and a head and neck specialist. I’ve been told I have silent GERD, esphogecitis. I don’t get heartburn but am red and inflamed around the area. I take two Gerd medicines; metoprolo and ranitidine. One doctor told me it was the back-up of the GERD. When I said there is no problem in my throat or bottom teeth, he said it is probably a back-splash when coming up! I have one mercury filling on a bottom tooth and two of the white fillings. No fillings in my upper teeth, only the four posts for the implants, two on each side in the back where the molars were.

    I’m going out of my mind! People are always asking me what is that sound you’re making? It is especially noticable as I’m am drinking a beverage or while eating. It’s like the flood gates open up. Sometimes I don’t do it when my mind is distracted; but even now while writing this, I am sucking away. Can I get a culture of my saliva to see the acidity and if it is back-up from the GERD or maybe this galvanized saliva you’re talking about. Please help me. Thank you.

    • Office April 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

      You can use pH test strips to check the acidity of saliva. You may want to consult a biological dentist to test for galvanic currents – particularly if the implants are metal. If you’d like to discuss this testing further, just give us a call at our office: 314-997-2550. If you need to find a biological dentist closer to home, these professional associations all have online directories:

  10. Steve Jones May 8, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    Well thanks for this explanation. I live in Perth, in Western Australia, and I have two gold crowned teeth and recently a tooth (#32) next to one of the capped teeth broke and the filling replaced with metal amalgam. As soon as the anaesthetic wore off, I started getting galvanic jolts when my tongue would touch the gold capped tooth, but not the recently filled tooth. If my tongue would push #31, a jolt. I believe there is a galvanic current between the two which did not exist with the replaced amalgam filling – I am seeing the dentist again in a few hours, I will report back on this.

    Excellent website, too bad I am half a world away 🙂

  11. RoseMarie August 14, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    Hello, for the last 7 to 8 weeks I have had a terrible taste in my mouth. This will Not go away with brushing, flossing, mouthwash, eating, drinking or even Nylstat. I have been to my Doctor and dentist. 25 years ago I had 8 gold crowns done on my bottom teeth. My dentist says that they need to be replaced, I have no pain from them. He thinks it is the cement from the crowns. This is an extension procedure for me to go through, not to mention very costly.
    Do you think the bad taste is from the gold crowns, should I get a second opinion, and what can I try for this awful taste. Please reply. Thank you

    • Office August 15, 2015 at 11:19 am #

      Unfortunately, we can’t comment or offer advice on specific, personal dental health situations on this blog. You can contact our office directly instead: (314) 997-2550 or use our main contact form.

    • jones April 25, 2016 at 11:59 am #

      The only safe thing to do is have blood tests with Clifford or melissa testing to determine what your body is reacting to from all the dental produts. It could be the crowns themselves, what they are lined with whats underneath them (i.e. mercury), cement, posts, glues, liners etc Remember that gold crowns are not just pure gold, they are alloys of several metals and sometimes even the different metals in the same crown can create a galvanic reaction or an allergy. Bridges invariably have nickel under them which an be an allergen for many people. Composites although they are white, can also have metallic oxides in them which some people cannot tolerate and also bisphenols. There is no way to stop your problem other than testing and then sorting out what can be replaced. You need to find the right holistic biocompatible dentist to help you. Any one who uses clifford testing and knows about the things I am mentioning, will be worth speaking to. Good luck

  12. patty January 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    over a year ago i had two crowns put in my two front teeth i had burning sensation on my tongue like putting it on a battery when i was a kid i complained to my dentist and hesaid he didn’t use any metal in my mouth so it couldn’t be caused from the crowns
    two months ago i had two more crowns put on on either side of the two front teeth now the burning is even worse could i be allergic to the cement they use to glue them in?

    • Office January 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

      Any dental material may cause a reaction in someone sensitive or allergic to its ingredients. Biocompatibility testing can show which products you may be sensitive to and can be ordered by a dentist or physician. More info:

  13. Jeff February 2, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

    I have a very bad back and is out all the time. I had knee surgery and I’m sitting down a lot. The tingling on my tongue, upper and lower teeth started later. I lay on my inverter table for my back and the tingling goes away for awhile. After I sit in the chair again the tingling comes back. I believe that I have a pinched nerve in my back and it is sending a message to my mouth area. I know it sounds strange but it works for me. Good luck everyone.

  14. Gayle March 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    I am disabled with disability as my only income. A biological holistic dentist diagnosed me with battery mouth. I had osteomyolitus in pelvis as child & now possibly in jaw. Quoted $5000 for mercury removal and more. Cant afford treatment in MX or US so my only hope is for a sudden death or live out a slow horrific drawnout inhumane death. I can donate my body to science if anyone wants it.

    • Elaine April 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

      Hi Gayle
      I hear you.
      So sorry.I retired early to take of my disabled son-and then came disabled myself.
      Maybe there is a teaching school near you that would be happy to help.My sister goes to the U of T dental school in Toronto to get her dental work done.
      I have half a battery mouth with constant pain after some fillings.5 teeth pulled and just now learning a possible diagnosis.The only thing it gets me is seniors discounts if I smile broadly but has costed thousands just to get a maybe diagnosis.

  15. Danny May 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm #

    I got two titanium implants during 2014 – 2015. The final abutment was placed 1/30/15. Twelve days later I started getting very sick. Dizziness and tingling turned into a hot burning pressure through my head and chest. PVC’s up to 15 per minute. The pain is constant 24/7 for 15 months now. Are these common symptoms of oral galvanism?

    I saw 30 doctors and 6 dentists. They couldn’t find anything. No one ever mentioned this condition. The panorex shows one implant is very long and possibly going into the sinus floor. I just went to another dentist and asked her to test the 4 teeth I have with metals. 59, 42, 10.5. Are those high?? Next day she had a cancellation and removed a metal crown beside the 2 implants, but no improvement. In 4 weeks she will remove the amalgam filling. If no change, then she wants to start removing the implants.

    What kind of dentist can test for oral galvanism, bone infection, sinus injury or nerve injury, implant corrosion etc. I am hesitant to let someone randomly start removing metals if the problem is a different dental issue.

    • Office May 11, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      Thanks for reaching out, Danny. And yes, you’re right to be cautious about launching into treatment without full and proper diagnosis of the problem.

      While we can’t comment on your specific dental situation, we can note that problems with implants can go beyond just the metal and potential for galvanism. We talk about this a bit toward the end of this post:

      You’ll also find a lot of good info here, including links to additional sources:

      A properly trained biological dentist should be able to test for galvanism. Additional testing such as EAV (electroacupuncture according to Voll, also sometimes called electrodermal screening) and BTA (biological terrain assessment) can be helpful for getting the big picture of oral-systemic health.

    • Bonnie October 27, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

      This is for Danny, in regards to your pain. It might be that you are allergic to titanium! When my brother got married, years ago, he bought himself and his wife titanium wedding bands, thinking, those were very expensive, so must be “the best”! He began having pain in his finger, then over time, progressing up into his left hand and at the time, he told me that he must be getting old 45 years), and thought he might have rheumatoid arthritis! Over the next few years, his entire left arm was in severe pain and then the left side of his body. He began noticing that when he removed his wedding band (he works with mechanical tester arms, and sometimes, has to get into very tight areas, and so removes jewelry), but he noticed that when he kept his wedding ring off, the pain would go away! He finally went to his family physician, and told him that when he removed his wedding ring that the severe pain he had been experiencing for years, would go away, but when he put his (titanium) wedding band back on, it would come back with a vengeance. OF COURSE, his doctor immediately told him that it was marriage related and referred him to a psychiatrist! BTW – my brother is one of the most happily married men I know! In any case, I told him that he just might be allergic or sensitive to titanium and so he kept the titanium wedding band off, and ironically, when my father passed away, he took my dad’s gold wedding band off and began wearing that and has not had any problems with the severe pain that he suffered for YEARS! He is in his 50’s now. Just a thought, and prayers that you will find out what is causing you your pain. Sincerely, Bonnie

      • Donna DePasquale December 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

        Hi Bonnie I just published the article about my titanium surgical plate appprox 3” long
        And my amalgam filling’s in upper teeth do you think this can be causing a reaction in my central nervous system Coincidently Mercury fillings are on my left upper side and I’m having body issues down left arm left leg etc.
        I’m talking to Dennis tomorrow about removing filling as soonest possible will see
        Your brother story was in enlightening thanks

  16. Linda Williamson July 19, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    I’ve had a metallic taste in my mouth since I had a chrome denture 5 years ago. Only recently I going out about galvanisation!

    Just been to a biological dentist who confirmed that the metal clasps are anchored into teeth both containing amalgam fillings.

    I’m delighted to have a plan… remove the amalgam fillings and hopefully get this awful taste 🙂

  17. Douglas October 17, 2016 at 3:20 am #

    I have been experiencing this as well yet I have no metal of any kind in my mouth what so ever. It is very perplexing for me. I feel it in my right cheek and teeth..any thoughts as to why it couldbe possible??

    • Office October 19, 2016 at 11:07 am #

      Unfortunately, we can’t comment on personal health situations in this forum. We encourage you to speak with your dentist or physician about what you’re experiencing.

  18. Alex November 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

    Without fillings you will notice more of a metallic taste the more acidic your ph balance is, swish some baking powder in your mouth and you will notice a reduction in the metallic taste.

  19. Jeremy February 13, 2017 at 12:42 am #

    I had a bunch of fillings put into my teeth when I was a child. This is EXACTLY why I, as an adult, will still not go to a dentist. They have no idea, nor care, how badly it hurts when they stick their metal instruments to my teeth. Now, I am beginning to have some minor dental issues, and would rather have them pulled than touched in any other way. I recently(one day ago) had a tooth removed. Even, while my mouth was numb, I was still being shocked. I stopped the dentist. He explained it as an exposed nerve. I knew better. That’s what led me to read this. I can’t handle their instruments on my teeth, but, don’t want to lose them all either. So, I have no idea, what to do……

    • Office February 14, 2017 at 11:39 am #

      It sounds like you’ve had a rough go of it. Have you tried seeing a holistic or biological dentist who provides “sedation dentistry”? That may be a way for you to get your dental needs met. A few forms of sedation for dental anxiety are commonly available, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) and anti-anxiety medications. Homeopathic and herbal remedies for anxiety are also available if you prefer not to use pharmaceutical drugs. Some dentists have systems available that combine nutriceuticals, sound therapy, and electro-cranial stimulation to induce relaxation naturally.

      Most importantly, though, let the dentist know about your bad experiences and apprehensions so they can offer the best solutions to help you get the dental care you need.

  20. John L June 8, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

    I occasionally get what feels like an electric current (like licking a very weak 9v battery) on my gold tooth. I only feel it when my tongue touches it. Ive thought about it and it only happens when I get done doing certain types of physical activity (moving objects around, etc). I am assuming its static electricity but I’m not sure. I DO have two silver fillings on my lower back teeth (the gold one is up front on top. Is it a combination of both things causing this sensation?

    • Office June 14, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

      While we can’t speculate on your specific situation, with mixed metals in the mouth, it’s certainly possible and worth getting evaluated. If you’d like to talk about this further, please don’t hesitate to call our front desk: (314) 997-2550. If you’re outside the St. Louis area and need to find a biological dentist closer to home, you may find one through one of the three main professional associations for biological and holistic dentists:

  21. Cj November 14, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

    We recently found out that a cell phone company put up a major transmitter that transmits microwaves caring bulk communication data. Since then we’ve been frying and my silver and gold fillings are causing extreme vibration through my mouth and head to the point where the top of my head felt like it was burning. Do you know anything about this. I’m in Canada Toronto

    • Office November 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

      Exposures to electromagnetic fields can cause these types of symptoms. Everyone’s sensitivities are different. Removing the metallic restorations could solve this problem due to galvanism, but there are no guarantees. We recommend you contact a biological dentist for testing. If you live outside the general St. Louis area, there are three major organizations with online directories that can help you find one near you:

  22. Deanne Merchant December 14, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    I think anyone who visits my website and listens to the audio (May 2014) on page 3 of my story would agree, my case should be the poster child in promoting awareness to the dangers of using dissimilar metals in dentistry.

  23. Donna DePasquale December 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

    I believe electrolysis is occurring between my New Yorker a feeling in my surgical metals in my neck I have felt electrical surges in my teeth when I put a spoon or fork near Filling I have had symptoms including non-essential tremors muscle weakness weight loss
    Coordination issues
    which no dr or nephron surgeon
    can explain
    so after reading this article about mercury fillings creating electrolysis with the dis similar
    metals I said uh huh, is it possible that these dis simaler metals
    being in close proximity with each other Neck and mouth thereby causing an electrical short In my central nervous system
    in my case upper teeth and cervica fusion between C3c7 which i have a titanium plate
    so short of removing metal in my neck I am going to have fillings taking out of my upper teeth in hopes that there will create a healthy balance again
    Has anyone else have surgical metals and also metal you’re great feelings creating such an effect and for you doctors out there does this sound reasonable

    • Donna DePasquale December 20, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

      Sorry didn’t proofread for the typos nothing against New York and last paragraph great feelings meant metal fillings

    • Office December 20, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

      Thanks for reaching out, Donna. We’re sorry to hear about the symptoms you’re experiencing. A biological dental evaluation sounds like it’s in order. If you’re in the St. Louis region, you can give us a call at 314-997-2550. If you live outside the area, you can find a qualified biological dentist through the IAOMT, IABDM, or HDA, all of whom have searchable online directories of their member dentists.

  24. Jan May 17, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

    Dear Doctor,
    May I please ask — I had a root canal a few months ago. I now have no taste in my mouth. But more importantly, I have a constant crackling in my ear.

    Could the crackling be caused by galvanic currents — I do have dissimilar metals in my mouth – the new crown is zirconium, adjacent teeth have white fillings, and a crown on the other side of my mouth is porcelein on metal.

    Also, I had 16 dental xrays within a 4 weeks period – two were panoramic. Could the radiation from that cause an ear concern.

    Thank you so much – I hope to hear from you. Blessings, Jan

    • Office May 22, 2018 at 10:43 am #

      Thanks for reaching out, Jan. We can’t speculate on the cause of the problems you’re experiencing, but it does sound like it’s worth checking out to see if your dental situation may be contributing to it. If you are in the St. Louis area or can travel here, please give our front desk a call about getting your situation evaluated: (314) 997-2550. If you are outside the area, you may be able to find a good biological dentist closer to home through one of the three main professional organizations for biological and holistic dentistry. Each has a searchable directory online:

  25. Heather June 11, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

    I love in northern Ireland my teeth have a lot of big amalgam fillings and !metal crowns. I am getting electric shocks reducing me to tears it stopped after a crown was fitted a year later it’s started again i have a taste with this i can’t use !mouthwash or brush the right side of my mouth, why would it go away for best part of a year and then start up i am fearful trygeminall neuralgia was mentioned i am at my word and what can I do.

    • Office June 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

      We’re so sorry to hear what you’re going through. We suggest you consult with a biological dentist who can examine and evaluate the situation, then work with you to develop a reasonable treatment plan to address any dental issues playing a role. If they can’t help directly or the situation appears not to be dental, they should be able to refer you to an appropriate practitioner.

      We checked the IAOMT directory for you, and it looks like the closest mercury-free member dentist to you is Dr. Hefferon in Belfast. You can learn more about him and other IAOMT dentists in the UK here:

      We wish you the best and hope you keep us posted of your progress.

      We wish you the best, Heather. Keep us posted!


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