A 49-year-old member asked:
is amalgam mercury poisoning common?
5 doctor answers
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr. answered
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
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.
Answered on Jan 29, 2017
Dr. LaMont Gee answered
50 years experience Dentistry
Mercury poisoning: Mercury poisoning from an amalgam restoration is virtually unheard of. That is not to say that someone might have an allergy to one of the ingredients in a silver filling, mercury being only one metal in the alloy.
Answered on Jan 17, 2014
Dr. Joseph Ritz answered
45 years experience Dentistry
No: Very controversial subject. Consensus of public health and regulatory bodies is that the mercury in the amalgam is bound to the mixture (called an eutectic) and cannot react in the body and therefore safe. Contrary evidence is anecdotal but there is pressure to limit or Prohibit mercury in dental fillings.
Answered on Jan 15, 2015
Dr. Dominick Curalli answered
19 years experience Dentistry
Amalgam: No. Mercury in dental amalgam is stable and bound to the copper or silver contained in the alloy. Negligible amounts are released over your lifetime and all scientific studies thus far have failed to show it leads to harmful effects. Think of table salt, you aren't concerned about poisonous chlorine gas leaking off of it since the chloride is bound to sodium. This is a similar analogy.
Answered on Nov 24, 2016
Dr. Don Millner answered
42 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
In the year 1860?!: Maybe in 1860 when there was a large jaw of mercury ready to spill in most dental offices... But not today! mercury (silver) amalgam really poses an issue for the dental team, not the patient! dentists are exposed to it all day long! however, I have yet to see a modern study showing the effects of mixing amalgam or removal on a dentist. On the other-hand, maybe that is why I am going bald!
Answered on Apr 18, 2016
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