A 28-year-old male asked:
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have 10-15 year old metal fillings. how do i know if they are made w/ amalgam mercury? lots of health issues since, including twitching all over body.

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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, Mercury in Amalgam is more stable then you think and it is safer to keep in place rather then attempting to remove it which may release the mercury from the amalgam.
Answered on Jan 28, 2017
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Dr. Gary Klugman
45 years experience Dentistry
Don't let your concern about the fillings prevent you from checking out other possibilities for the twitching.
Jun 13, 2014
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Not related: Your silver fillings are not related to any of your other health issues. If they are silver in color, they have mercury that is chemically bound to other metals, not free mercury like in a thermometer. Even if you replace all of them, you will still have the same health issues. Consult with a good local physician regarding the twitching and your other issues
Answered on Jun 20, 2014
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Dr Davantzis is absolutely correct. There has NEVER been any scientific proof of physical harm from dental amalgam fillings. People with silver fillings do not have a higher incidence of anyhysical problems when compared to people with white or gold fillings or people with no fillings at all. I repeat, no scientific proof. See your PCP about your health issues.
Jun 14, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Amalgam fillings: Although mercury in dental fillings has proven negative impacts on human health, most of the dentists still practice it and refuse to use other safe dental materials. If concerned, you should replace all your amalgam/metal fillings with more cosmetic, safe and durable dental materials. Take care.
Answered on Jun 15, 2014

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Dr. Charles Lockhart
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They don't: Several studies show that silver fillings are chemically stable and do not emit mercury in the mouth. Go to ada site to verify.

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