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Can mercury amalgam fillings cause health problems?

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Dr. Richard Ruden answered

Specializes in Dentistry

The definitive answer is controversial among the scientific community. There is definitely a release into the oral cavity of mercury vapor but is the amount released the cause of health problems has not been proven. This is the reason the ada still accepts amalgam as an acceptable restoration. If you do not want this material used than have your dentist use composite material instead.

Answered Sep 13, 2012

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Dr. Jared Plitt answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Elemental mercury is toxic. Once it is bound chemically into an amalgam, the mercury does not leak out at a significant rate. There are no valid randomized double blind studies that say otherwise. That being said, there are nicer looking tooth-colored alternatives.

Answered Jun 19, 2015

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Dr. Robert Fong answered

Specializes in Dentistry

There is nothing that is 100% safe. Unfortunately, no matter how stringent the testing, there will probably be some one that will have a bad reaction to any dental material used. There are patients who have had problems with the alternatives to amalgam too. The decision about your health choices should be based on your particular medical condition and input from all your health care providers.

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Dr. Phillip Frist answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Studies show that the mercury in an amalgam filling is bound to the other metal materials and the only release of mercury is on initial placement and when the filling is removed there is a vapor. Most dentists will be using a rubber dam which will isolate the tooth so that the vapors are not in contact with you. Also high vaccum and water spray are typically used which suppress the vapors.

Answered Mar 20, 2014

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Dr. James Wright answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Information is available. You can choose an accredited dentist, member of the iabdm or iaomt. Take a look at their web sites- www.Iabdm.Org, www.Iaomt.Org - to find dentists, with additional training in safe removal of mercury, amalgam fillings by iaomt and iabdm . Accredited members of these international academies, follow their protocols. See consumers for dental choice- www.Toxicteeth.Org.

Answered Jun 19, 2015

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