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A 45-year-old member asked:

what is the danger of mercury tooth filling?

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Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dentistry 51 years experience
I believe none.: All studies say there is no danger.Do a study for yourself ; stand on a corner ; see if anyone that passes by has at least one mercury amalgam filling in their mouth. You might find that 9 out if 10 will have at least 1 of these metal fillings in their mouth. Then ask yourself how are all these people walking around appearing healthy with all those type of fillings in their mouth.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
The whole silver filling controversy started with a flawed Canadian study with sheep as the experimental animal. The specious results were reported on 60 Minutes. Even when presented with juried research that refuted the Canadian study, 60 Minutes refused to issue a retraction. Bad study, bad journalism. I have a mouth full of silver fillings that have been there ,for years, thankfully.
Jan 19, 2014
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dentistry 51 years experience
Provided original answer
Another great test....hated that 60 minutes thing,.. haven't watched it again since then!
Jan 24, 2014

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How does a dentist fix a chipped front tooth with filling?

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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 48 years experience
Poorly: A filling by definition is a "contained" material. It fills a hole. Replacing enamel on chipped edges places bonded composite at risk of separation when brought into function. Biting a sandwich likely will break it off. Bonding composite is a temporary solution. Longevity is important. Small chips respond best to tooth contouring. Large chips to veneering with porcelain. Crown fractures.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can you hide a tooth filling?

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Dr. Woojin Woody Kwon
Dentistry 19 years experience
Tooth-colored resin: Using tooth colored resin filling would be the best option.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long will a temporary tooth filling last?

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Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dentistry 38 years experience
It depends: The need for a temporary filling may stem from a small chip or a much more substantial loss of part of a tooth, or even from an opening that a dentist may make. There is a very wide choice of materials for temporary fillings. Some are soft and meant to be easily removed. Others may last a very long time (up to or beyond a year). The answer depends on a combination of these factors.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can this stain on my tooth filling go away?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Maybe: If it is a silver filling and the tooth is turning grey no. If it is a tooth colored filling maybe with a good cleaning. If the stain is through and through (the entire filling has changed color) then a new filling is in order.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long willit take for the numbing medicine to wear off after a tooth filling?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Generally: 2-3 hours depending on the medication used and your metabolism (the faster you pump it through your system the faster the liver can break it down).

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