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Would inhaling a mercury filling cause mercury poisoning? if one was inhaled, could it be removed from the lungs?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Mercury: Typically Mercury dental filling is an amalgam, containing metallic Mercury. Organic mercury is toxic. If you inhaled into lung you would be coughing. X ray can detect if presence
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Mercury: The amount of mercury in a tooth filling is very small and should not cause poisoning. Many people had multiple mercury containing fillings with no apparent untoward effects. A study of children with mercury containing vs non mercury containing fillings in New England showed only that the mercury fillings were more durable.

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