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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.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
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 36-year-old member asked:

Could amalgam in dental fillings cause mercury poisoning?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
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.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How common is amalgam mercury poisoning?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry 46 years experience
Rare: There is no good scientific studies connecting mercury in amalgam (silver) fillings to poisoning or neurlogical disorders. Unless you have a allergy to the mercury, these filling are safe. The ada, fda and cdc consider them safe.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What causes amalgam mercury poisoning?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Confused: There are numerous items that contain mercury in its various forms that can cause a toxic exposure; they occur mostly in the workplace from industrial sources. The controversy concerning possible health risks from mercury in amalgam fillings has existed for over 100 years, although to my knowledge there has not been even 1 legitimate scientific study to substantiate the claim.
Dr. Alan Zweig
Dr. Alan Zweig commented
Dentistry 45 years experience
Thank you, Dr. Sandler for helping to set the record straight. I am not even aware of a condition called amalgam mercury poisoning.
May 23, 2013
A 49-year-old member asked:

Is amalgam mercury poisoning common?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Absolutely Not: The mixtures in the several years is very different than older mixes. New mixes don't have any extra mercury like the old kinds. Also the real big problem with amalgams is not the mercury, it is 2 other problems: 1) the bacteria that leaks down between the filling and the tooth causes deep cavities. 2) the fractures that occur under amalgams are a real problem an need to be bonded together.

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