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Could amalgam in dental fillings cause mercury poisoning?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Nope: If so, most of the world's population would have died off by now.. So many silver fillings have been placed in the last 150 years, a problem with their use would have manifested itself a long, long, long time ago.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
NO!!!: For decades the top pure science medical and dental researchers have studied this issue and all have reached the same conclusion-silver mercury amalgam fillings are safe. Those who say otherwise have no real science to validate their findings. It is true mercury is a poison alone, but so is sodium or chloride, but mixed together they are salt. While no longer popular due to esthetic, it is safe!
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: Studies have shown amalgam fillings do not cause mercury poisoning.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Definitely no: Most research finds no relationship between fillings and symptoms of mercury poisoning or other side effects. Eventually, any cavity if not treated, can lead to pain, infection, root canal and even tooth loss. See your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment.

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A 38-year-old male asked:

What is the best test for mercury poisoning from amalgam dental fillings?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
No test needed: Mercury poisoning does not occur from mercury amalgam dental fillings. It's an urban myth. Don't be taken in by online ads for such testing.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

Can amalgam fillings cause mercury poisoning?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
No: Amalgam fillings have been used for over 150 years. You'd think after all that time we would know if they were dangerous, right? There are more important things to worry about.

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