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is there enough mercury in a tooth filling to be hazardous if swallowed?

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Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Nope: A silver filling is the most common medical procedure done worldwide. They are only a problem is you have a mercury sensitivity. Any mercury could be a problem if you eat a good amount of fish like sushi or cans of tuna. The silver fillings get old and sort of corrode and darken, but that corrosion actually seals off and helps the filling stay useful. For all of the above...They can last.
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dentistry 51 years experience
No: No it is not hazardous.

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The gums above my two front teeth are swollen and I need them to go back to normal within 72 hours what do I do?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Brush, rinse, floss: Brush and keep them clean, floss them gently and try rinsing with warm salt water in that area specifically. Rinse for a minute or so or as long as you can. This should help it go away. If the swelling is not going away you need to see your dentist to have it checked out. Good luck.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a dry socket post wisdom tooth removal to close?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Totally Close?: Could take a month or more to fully close but to have the pain go away could be from 4-14 days +/-. It really depends on the anatomy of the area after the surgery.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is using a toothpick bad for my teeth?

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
Dentistry 46 years experience
Depends: Toothpicks can be a valuable aid in removing plaque from teeth surfaces. If not used carefully, parts can break off and lodge between teeth or form splinters that stick into the gums.Repeated use can cause undesired spacing due toa orthodontic forces placed on the teeth.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you lose your teeth because of aids?

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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 29 years experience
Losing teeth/AIDs: Treating people with HIV and aids has come along way. Anyone who has a compromised immune system can have challenges with keeping their teeth. It is very important to stay on top of your oral hygiene as your immune system may struggle to fight the bacteria in your mouth. Furthermore, some of the medications to treat hiv/aids may cause dry mouth, which can lead to rampant decay and tooth loss.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How many different types of teeth do we have?

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Dr. Howard Banner
Dentistry 48 years experience
Four: Incisors, cuspids, bicuspids and molars.

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