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should you replace old metal fillings with something else

A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Mokbel
41 years experience Dentistry
Ask your dentist: Metal fillings can be grayish in color ( Amalgam containing mercury) or yellow colored ( gold base does not contain mercury). According to the ADA, Me ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Stastny
33 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Neither: Both tooth colored and silver fillings are perfectly safe and effective as long as they are placed properly. The american dental association supports ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Yes: The metal ions in the amalgam (silver) fillings tend to leach out over time and stain the surrounding tooth structure gray. This does not occur with t ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Amalgam stain: You will see darkening gray near the filling that shows through the enamel.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Grimm
24 years experience Dentistry
Yes: The muscles of the jaw and face are incredibly powerful and it's not uncommon for someone who grinds their teeth to damage not only the fillings, but ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Perelman
28 years experience Dentistry
Filling: When you have a amalgam ( silver ) filling removed your dentist will give you local anesthetic (novocaine). Once you are numb they will remove the fil ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Merrett
28 years experience Dentistry
Remove mercury fill: You should removed the mercury amalgam filings when they are starting breakdown. If they have recurrent decay underneath them, or if you have a sensit ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Kattuah
22 years experience Dentistry
Drilling them out: Removal of amalgam fillings increases your exposure to mercury vapor because they are drilled out. If you would like to reduce your exposure then ask ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Ruden
37 years experience Dentistry
Possibly: The definitive answer is controversial among the scientific community. There is definitely a release into the oral cavity of mercury vapor but is the ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Frist
45 years experience Dentistry
NO: None of the research on amalgam fillings has ever been able to prove toxicity from mercury in amalgam fillings. They are being used less because the ... Read More
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