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Amalgam Poisoning One Tooth
26% of mercury: The number is supported by the data submitted to IMERC by five dental amalgam manufacturers who represent the entire U.S. market for dental amalgam capsules. ...Read more
Dental amalgam is a material used as a filling to replace tooth structure lost as a result of decay or fracture and is produced by mixing liquid mercury with solid particles of an alloy of silver, tin, copper, and sometimes zinc. Although it has been used for over 100 years and is an outstanding material that has stood the test of time, over the years it has ...Read more
My mother was a kidney donor. She had teeth implants done and has found out she has heavy metal poisoning. Her one kidney in in stage 3 failure and he?
No: There has been much written and debated regarding amalgam fillings, but no scientific evidence that they will harm you. Billions have been placed for over 150 years... Where are all the sick people? ...Read more
Confused: There are numerous items that contain mercury in its various forms that can cause a toxic exposure; they occur mostly in the workplace from industrial sources. The controversy concerning possible health risks from mercury in amalgam fillings has existed for over 100 years, although to my knowledge there has not been even 1 legitimate scientific study to substantiate the claim. ...Read more
Problem for DDS: The removal of silver mercury amalgam from teeth 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! ...Read more
Amalgam taste: Was a new amalgam filling used to replace the old one? Some patients experience what you describe when new amalgams are placed due to a temporary galvanic response. I guess one might have the same sensation when an old amalgam is cut into and removed. It should subside in a short time. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
None, it is safe: And durable dental material. 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. ...Read more
Cast restorations: Gold or porcelain inlays/onlays can also be used... But they are more expensive than composite or amalgam fillings. ...Read more
Please tell me if there are any other safe tooth fillings besides white composite and silver amalgam?
Of course: Today, several dental filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; composite and silver amalgam. The dentist will inform every patient of the available choices of dental fillings and explain advantages and disadvantages. ...Read more
If not broken: Why fix it? It may last you for a lifetime. Take care. ...Read more
No: Fillings should not move. It's probably broken and\or there's some decay under or around it. See a dentist to find out. ...Read more
NO!!!: For decades the top pure science medical and dental researchers have studied this issue and all have reached the same conclusion-silver mercury amalgam fillings are safe. Those who say otherwise have no real science to validate their findings. It is true mercury is a poison alone, but so is sodium or chloride, but mixed together they are salt. While no longer popular due to esthetic, it is safe! ...Read more
No...: I think you meant a spread of infection from a localized abscess to become systemic through circulation. The incidence is very rare but it could happen. You would have fever or chill, feeling sick or malaise, and with blood test there would be a raise in white blood cell. Check up with your doctor. Relax and do not over worrying! ...Read more
Can the removal of amalgam fillings cause mercury poisoning or headaches? That's what I have since I removed mine.
I am certain that: The dentist collected all of the materials that were removed. It is probably coincidental that you now have headaches. Take an over the counter analgesic as directed. You do not have mercury poisoning. If the headaches persist for 48 hours with analgesics then call your primary health care provider for evaluation. You might have sinus infection. ...Read more
I have an old discolored formerly white filling on my front tooth. Could the dentist replace it? He only likes amalgams and gold, of course
Talk to him: I don't know of any present day dentists who would advocate placing a silver colored filling or a gold colored filling on a front tooth. Talk to him about various other options and what's the most conservative treatment available. Ask him what he would recommend to you if you were his son. ...Read more
Possible: If your gums are stained, likely fr amalgam. ...Read more
Yes, after a RCT: After a root canal therapy (RCT) has been completed, it will require some type of permanent dental restoration. There are two basic options that you have for restoring an endodontically treated tooth: 1. the placement of a dental crown or 2. A filling silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite). ...Read more
I had blood poisoning from a rotted tooth shoild I get all my other rotted teeth extracted before I get it again?
You've already experienced what can happen from a rotted tooth. It can even be worse... some people have died from infected teeth. I'm not trying to scare you. Just making you aware of the consequences of leaving teeth that are decayed or ones that have an infection. See a dentist to work up a treatment plan for you asap!
Be wise and safe. ...Read more
#31 tooth needs gumline cavity filled. Dentist suggested amalgam to get better seal due to location. I'm concerned w/ amalgam regardless FDA cleared.
Amalgams: Have been around for 100 years & there is no valid scientific research to prove otherwise. They are routinely taught & used in dental schools. They are present in my own mouth & I could have all of them replaced with composite for free but choose not to. No one can stop you from being concerned other than yourself. Gumline cavities can be restored with composite fillings if retraction\isolated ...Read more
Silver amalgam filling is not bonded to tooth like resin composite. Wanted to know is it normal for amalgam filling moving a little bit on that tooth?
Not normal: A loose filling regardless of the material needs to be excavated and replaced. Call your dentist for an appointment. ...Read more
Years ago, I had a back tooth extracted. The bitso amalgam filling was trapped in the socket. Now, I have bad pain in thearea. Could this cause infection years later?
My husband lost a filling and his tooth broke off over 6 months ago finally went to the dentist and it is infected. Could he have blood poisoning?
Probably not: Most dental infections are localized and are limited to the immediate area. I'm glad your husband finally went to the dentist. Moral of the story: don't wait until there is a problem. Get regular exams from your dentist. It's far easier to prevent a problem than to treat it. And cheaper too! ...Read more
Dentis removed amalgam filling, drilled tooth root after suspecting caries toxicity. Now tooth area is swollen. Taking macropen. Is this normal/enough?
It is not dangerous: Amalgam is very safe material. 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. ...Read more
Optics: Because teeth are translucent, they can reflect the light in such a way as to give the appearance of darkness at the junction of the filling. As the filling ages, it can also stain the teeth. A new cavity could also increase the darkness around a filling. You should ask your dentist. ...Read more
Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze. . . are all ...Read more