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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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How safe is the material that false teeth are made of to our bodies and to the fillings of our teeth?

How safe is the material that false teeth are made of to our bodies and to the fillings of our teeth?

Can be very safe: If you seek care from a reputable dentist I am sure there will be no issues with this as far as dental science currently understands. If a dentist utilizes a dental laboratory that uses substandard materials that may be an issue. I would ask the dentist about their materials and the dental laboratory materials. In many instances the lab provides a sticker that provides information on materials. ...Read more

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Is it safe to bleach teeth that have fillings?

Safe? Yes..but...: Yes, it is safe, but not effective. Only natural enamel will bleach. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get an amalgam filling on my teeth?

Yes: All scientific studies have proven no harm. Some are concerned with mercury. They are less expensive and long lasting. There is some concern that over time they will weaken teeth and cause fractures. They are not esthetic. Look worse with age. We do not do as many of these type of fillings. People prefer the bonded white resin fillings. Very good material. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe for my 4 year old to go under general for his abscess teeth and for caps/fillings in a clinic?

Can you explain if it's safe for my 4 year old to go under general for his abscess teeth and for caps/fillings in a clinic?

Depends: Depending on the skill of the person in charge of the anesthesia and the clinic equipment, this is certainly possible. Kids this age must be put to sleep for major restorations or never have the benefit of the repairs. They will never sit still to have it done any other way. ...Read more

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Child 11 y.o. was referred for root canals work on 2 permanent teeth with cavities, & than the filling done. Is that safe for kid? Any other options?

Child 11 y.o. was referred for root canals work on 2 permanent teeth with cavities, & than the filling done. Is that safe for kid? Any other options?

No: It sounds like his teeth need major restoration. The dentist will help with pain and anxiety management. Be sure he practices good hygiene to avoid this again. All the best, he will be safe. ...Read more

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Could dental X-rays in the 80s and 90s cause any type of H&N tumor? Just had routine checkups, fillings, braces, wisdom teeth,etc.How safe were they?

Could dental X-rays in the 80s and 90s cause any type of H&N tumor? Just had routine checkups, fillings, braces, wisdom teeth,etc.How safe were they?

Extremely: If we add up all the dental x-rays that you have had over your life time it's probably less than the background radiation of a couple of days in the mountains, or a single chest x-ray, or working for a few months as a member of a flight crew. ...Read more

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I am scheduled for an MRI in Dec but I have 2 mercury fillings plus one metal nail in one of my root canalled teeth. Is it safe for me to get an MRI?

Yes, except...: The mercury fillings are not important for MRI studies. The metal nail may be a problem if it is an old treatment or performed in certain countries, most notably the eastern european countries. In these circumstances, it is possible that the tooth with the nail could heat up or become loose with MRI. At your age, that is unlikely, however. Tell details to the MRI tech before you start study. ...Read more

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Hep c , cirohsis, taking warfarin for heart problem, taking beta blocker, is it safe to get filling done for teeth?

Hep c , cirohsis, taking warfarin for heart problem, taking beta blocker, is  it safe to get filling done for teeth?

Inform dentist: Please inform your dentist of all of your health issues so that s/he may take appropriate precautions and adjust the treatment accordingly. ...Read more

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Can there be any other safe tooth fillings besides white composite and silver amalgam?

Cast restorations: Gold or porcelain inlays/onlays can also be used... But they are more expensive than composite or amalgam fillings. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any other safe tooth fillings besides white composite and silver amalgam?

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

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My friend has a loose tooth with a filling and she wants to know if it is safe to pull it out?

My friend has a loose tooth with a filling and she wants to know if it is safe to pull it out?

No problem: She can remove it just like any other baby tooth. No problem. But it is a problem of it is a permanent tooth. ...Read more

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Is it true that its not safe for pregnant women to get dental fillings?

Is it true that its not safe for pregnant women to get dental fillings?

Usually ok: I prefer to not do any dental work on pregnant women during the first and third trimesters because those are critical stages. I really don't have any worries about doing fillings during the second trimester. My biggest concern is if the patient has high anxiety during the treatment which could upset the pregnancy. If the treatment is not an emergency, it can usually wait until after. ...Read more

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I heard dental fillings are toxic and slowly get released. Any safe ones you might be aware of?

I heard dental fillings are toxic and slowly get released. Any safe ones you might be aware of?

Silver fillings?: If you are speaking of silver or amalgam fillings, there has been talk that the mercury in filling can leak and is toxic. In us, the american dental association and the federal drug adm have done scientific studies that show there is no harm to the patient. They are safe and long lasting. However. There are good alternatives to these type of fillings, like bonded resin, milled ceramic, or gold. ...Read more

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Gold dental fillings: are they safe for a child?

Gold dental fillings: are they safe for a  child?

Yes, but why?: Gold fillings are the most biocompatable of all the materials we use in the mouth. However, they are also the most expensive. If they are being done on a baby tooth that is going to fall out, it may not be the most economical thing to do. ...Read more

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A few of my older dental fillings have mercury. Are they safe or should i have them replaced?

Leave it alone: The old mercury-silver fillings are not likely to do any harm. You may leave these alone. Trying to replace these has its own risks. ...Read more

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If I had silver mercury amalgam dental fillings, can I change to a safer material?

You can change them: if you want, but that's not going to make you any healthier.. there is no scientifically proven risk, only internet trash. Amalgams have been used or over 150 years: you'd think by now we would know if they were detrimental to your health. I would change them as your silver fillings break down and need replacement anyway, but it's your call. ...Read more

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I have one amalgam filling and I have heard that they are made with mercury, is this safe for my mouth?

Safe and durable: Safe and durable choice. 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

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How safe were dental xrays in the 80s and 90s with regards to causing head and neck tumors of any type later on? Used for checkups, fillings, etc.

How safe were dental xrays in the 80s and 90s with regards to causing head and neck tumors of any type later on? Used for checkups, fillings, etc.

Extremely Safe: Exposure dose very, very low. Beam is collimated to keep exposed area small. Machines are calibrated and periodically inspected to ensure correct output. I am unaware of a single case of oral cancer every being directly attributed to diagnostic dental radiographs. ...Read more

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Dental filling during pregnancy, is it safe?

Pregnancy Filling: The first question i would have for you is how necessary is the filling to be done right now . 2nd- can it wait until after delivery? If there are no consequences for waiting putting it off a few months might be a better choice. Yes a filling can be done safely at any stage of your pregnancy but unless there are compelling reasons to do it now, why not wait until your pregnancy is a non-issue? ...Read more

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Can old fillings discolor teeth?

Yes and no: Old fillings can leak and cause discoloration. Silver amalgam filling can leach silver ions into the tooth.. Tooth colored composite fillings can leak and stain at the margins of the filling. Major leaks can lead to decay, which can be dark. ...Read more

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Can lead fillings in your teeth make you sick?

Yes, lead fillings: could but lead has not been used in teeth for centuries or longer! Silver amalgam fillings composed of approx 50% mercury are still in wide use in spite of decades of controversies. ...Read more

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Why do my teeth taste metallic after a filling?

Why do my teeth taste metallic after a filling?

Depends on material: If amalgam was used, then a metallic taste is not uncommon. Amalgam is a mixture of silver, copper, tin, zinc, mercury ...Read more

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Curious as to how much for dental fillings per teeth?

Curious as to how much for dental fillings per teeth?

In your city ?: It would be different than in manhattan, or downtown los angeles, and again different from wilmington, nc. Each office is independently owned and charges different fees based on materials, time, and complexity. It is such a broad range, that the answer is meaningless, but since you asked, $50 to $500 per tooth. ...Read more

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My teeth are hurting after a filling. What should I do?

Hurt after filling: Working on a tooth to fix a cavity is actually somewhat injuring a living tissue which results in inflammation. Inflammation can be coupled with swelling of tissues all of which can cause discomfort. The discomfort usually does not last very long unless there are other things contributing to the inflammatory process like periodontal disease, clenching or grinding, deep filling bite is off. ...Read more

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Can they have teeth colored filling for the back teeth?

Can they have teeth colored filling for the back teeth?

Yes : Either composite resin or porcelain inlays / onlays make great aesthetic and durable restorations for back teeth.

Note: patients who are heavy and consistent teeth clinchers or grinders may break these restorations or their teeth and may ultimately require full coverage zirconia (tooth colored metal) crowns, such as bruxzir. ...Read more

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Why are teeth extremely sensitive after having fillings?

Why are teeth extremely sensitive after having fillings?

Deep Restorations?: Very possible, but impossible to tell over the internet. Please ask the dentist who restored your teeth to explain. ...Read more

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Will the holes in my teeth heal by itself without fillings?

Never: Teeth do not regrow after being damaged by decay. You need to see a dentist. ...Read more

Filling (Definition)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned ...Read more