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my dentist says you can't have a gold crown atop a tooth which has a silver filling since it creates a magnetic pull?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Magnet, no: Galvanic action, possibly. There would be two dissimilar metals contacting each other, and with the salts in your saliva, you can have an exchange of ions, like a battery. Have your dentist explain this to you further and your treatment options.
Dr. Felicia Mata
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Galvanic shock: Gives a sharp and jolting feeling due to electric current caused by these metals.
Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yes, the possibility exists for this phenomenon in some patients. However, it's fairly rare. Consider a ceramic crown to eliminate the possibiliy
Jul 20, 2013
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Also the amalgam filling can be replaced w a composite filling before placing a gold crown
Jul 20, 2013
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Trust your DDS: Gold crowns, on top of amalgam, create a permanent galvanic cell and compromise the outcome.

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