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A 46-year-old member asked:

Concerns with amalgam fillings, what to do?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Don't be concerned..: Amalgam fillings have been used on billions of teeth for over 150 years... You'd think by now we would know if they caused health issues. If it would make you feel better, you can always have them changed to white fillings. Discuss with your dentist how much it will cost you and the risks/benefits; then you can determine if you would like to proceed.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
That depends: If your metal fillings are in good condition, leave them alone. There is a chance your teeth could be damaged removing a perfectly good filling. If you have fillings that need to be replaced anyway then you can have them replaced with white fillings. They may however not last as long as metal fillings.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Safe and durable: choice. 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 37-year-old member asked:

What should I do about an amalgam filling?

6 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
Cosmetic Dentistry 34 years experience
Why?: What you should do depends on what you believe. If you feel there is something undesirable about this particular filling material- the way it looks or what it's composed of, have it removed and replaced with a different material.
Dr. James Beck
Dr. James Beck commented
Dentistry 12 years experience
I have several amalgam fillings in my mouth that have held up just fine for years. I don't plan on doing anything about them.
Dec 19, 2012
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok commented
Pediatrics 34 years experience
The American Dental Association (ADA) says: dental amalgam is considered a safe, affordable and durable material that has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. It contains a mixture of metals such as silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which binds these components into a hard, stable and safe substance. Dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively, and has established a record of safety and effectiveness.
Feb 10, 2013

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