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Are Fillings Harmful
Can a tooth that had a mercury filling be harmful to unborn baby if tooth has chipped and I swallowed the bit of tooth I am 26 weeks pregnant
Nope: Your baby will not be harmed by any broken teeth or fillings. Have the tooth looked at by your dentist. There's a reason it broke, and it may need to be treated before you give birth. ...Read more
I'm 8weeks pregnant and had a silver filling put in isit harmful to my unborn baby has I heard its harmful has it leaks mercury?
Safe: While mercury in its pure form is dangerous and can be absorbed by the body causing harm, numerous medical and dental studies done with the strictest scientific controls over decades have shown silver amalgam fillings to be safe and not leak mercury! So don't worry! ...Read more
How much harmful of silver filling? I ve 3 silvr fillings in my teeth. Earlier it was white filling. Which one is better?
Both have good/bad: The silver (amalgam) filling material is one of the most studied materials in dentistry. There is no evidence of any danger in any reliable study, and there has been many. That being said, you will likely get 5 different answers from 5 different dentists. Both have good and bad properties, and when used in the right circumstances with the correct techniques, both can be a very reliable fillings. ...Read more
I had a silver filling fitted 4days ago n im 8weeks pregnant and I wondered do they leak once fitted n are they harmful?
Silver filling: They generally leak slowly over time and more so after the first two years even if they look fine according to research. As to harmful-in my opinion no unless you are allergic to non precious metals. In future try to wait until after the first trimester; check with your obgyn. ...Read more
I'm 27weeks pregnant and last week broke my almagham filling my dentist drilled tooth and put temp fillin will my baby b ok or will vapour b harmful?
Baby will be fine: Silver fillings have been used for over 150 years and on millions if not billions of teeth. You would think by 2013 if there was some sort of health risk, we would have known about it. Don't believe any of the unfounded claims you may read... Both of you will be fine. ...Read more
I'm 8weeks pregnant and had a silver filling placed while pregnant has had cracked tooth n needed it will my unborn baby be ok I have read it harmful?
You are ok!: The amount of mercury in an amalgam "silver" filling is negligible. Treating your tooth problem properly allows you to continue through your pregnancy without that tooth being at risk for further problems, decay, and infection which are more detrimental to the health of your baby than getting a filling. Although I would prefer to place composite fillings free of metal, your baby should be fine. ...Read more
Right away with care: You can eat most things after a filling but should avoid sticky things like hard canday, gummy candy, and hard to chew items like bread. The adhesion between the filling and the tooth needs some time to mature but will do so in less than 24 hours. Also you should wait until the anesthetic wears of to prevent filling damage or biting your cheek. ...Read more
I don't know: Great question for all of us dieters everywhere! I don't know the scientific answer but if you eat a very high fiber cereal like all bran, fiber one, or even raisin bran and then follow it with 8 oz of water, you will get a low calorie, high fiber meal that's very filling! I promise. ...Read more
Yes: Many patients like to have as much treatment completed at the visit to minimize the number of visits. It really depends on the size of the fillings and how the restorative dentist schedules his/her patients. Discuss this with the dentist who will be treating you. ...Read more
Call a dentist: You can fracture or break a piece off your filling it you bite down too hard or catch it precisely at the wrong angle. Each tooth situation is different so your dentist will need to assess it and discuss the various options and materials with you. Take care. ...Read more
Painful Fillings: If your fillings hurt it means that the nerves of your teeth are unhappy. Pay attention to what causes them to hurt. Sensitive to biting, do they ache after a meal? Is there hot and cold sensitivity, if so how long does it take for the pain to go away, actually count the seconds for the pain to go away. Final advice, take this information and talk to your dentist. The solution may be simple. ...Read more
OTC: If you have some sensitivity or discomfort following a filling, take some otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve, tylenol (acetaminophen) or what you would normally take for a headache. If the discomfort worsens or lasts more than day or so, call your own dentist for advice. ...Read more
Depends on size: Depending on the size and location of a filling it can take as little as a few minutes to as long as 30 minutes. There are so many factores that it truly depends on your problem and the skill level of your dentist. ...Read more
See your dentist: If you feel dissatisfied with treatment that has been provided, you should first discuss the matter with your treating dentist and find the reason for this problem. A dentist is a skilled professional who practices with the utmost care and responsibility. Good luck. ...Read more
What was the cause?: How long ago was the filling placed? Did your dentist advise you of some precautions to follow that you did not heed? Did your dentist suggest a guarded prognosis for the durability or life of the filling. You need to discuss this issue with your dentist. The breaking of the filling might not have been preventable. Sometimes a dentist will replace a recent filling at a reduced fee or for free. ...Read more
6-9 years smile zone: Composite fillings are a manmade substitute for natural tooth enamel. When done well, they can look great for 6-9 years. Made from acrylic they are slightly "porous" and are subject to absorbing unremovable stain. And their bonded edges eventually separate and stain there too! A cosmetic failure is just as valid reason to replace as a physical "break down" when in the esthetic smile zone! ...Read more
Dentist house calls!: With portable x-rays and drills, there are now dentist that provide almost full service dental housed calls! They can removed and replace your composite fillings at home. Check google for availability in your town. Also research recent wall street journal news article on the subject. ...Read more
See your dentist: There can be different reasons for a filling to fall out. There can be decay under the old filling, trauma to the tooth, change in the bite, etc. See your dentist as soon as possible ...Read more