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A 31-year-old member asked:

is their a wait period after having a amalgam (mercury) tooth filling removed for trying to conceive?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
No: One has nothing to to with the other.
Dr. David Padula
Dentistry 34 years experience
Removing an amalgam restoration does release some mercury content that should not have any bearing as to the safety of getting pregnant.
Mar 4, 2013
Dr. Park Firebaugh
Dentistry 36 years experience
No: I'm not aware of any evidence that removing amalgam fillings will improve your chances of conception.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Irrelevant: 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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Do thumb-sucking and pacifiers ruin children's teeth and bites?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: There is truly a lot of variables in this question - i.e. How much does the child use a pacy of suck their thumb per day, but for the most part these habits are devastating to teeth. Not only do I see this every day in my office, but I have a child who sucks her thumb and see the devastation to her teeth every day.
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What happens when a woman gets pregnant after having excess skin removed?

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Her skin stretches.: In generally, after cosmetic surgery the remaining skin will stretch to accomadate the growing baby. The downside is that it may stay somewhat looser after the delivery.
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I had my spleen removed when I was younger, am I more susceptible to sepsis?

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Dr. William Walsh
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Yes: You are more vulnerable to encapsulated bacteria, which are normally filtered by the spleen.
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My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch streptococcus pneumonia?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Yes: The spleen has a special role in protecting the body from pneumococcal infection, particularly in younger patients. These patients may take daily antibiotics to [prevent this problem. Check with your doctor for the right therapy.
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My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch salmonella enteritidis?

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Yes: But avoid eating uncooked meats and fish, and wash your veggies, and your chances of getting this are very small.

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