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Can You Remove All Your Amalgam Fillings After 40 Years
Yes: There is no special time limit for any dental restoration. Some dental work lasts a lifetime and some does not last at all. Follow what your dentist recommends, he or she is trained to detect when restorations show signs of failing. It is also perfectly acceptable to have them replaced if you are concerned about the way they look. Removing old fillings is safe and sometimes recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
NO: None of the research on amalgam fillings has ever been able to prove toxicity from mercury in amalgam fillings. They are being used less because the tooth colored fillings appear better and the doctors are not being exposed as much but the mercury in a filling is bonded into the metal and is not absorbed by you the patient. Amalgam fillings are still accepted by the ada. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very common: Some fillings can last for many years, the average life of an amalgam filling is about 10-12 years. Take this opportunity and replace it with composite. If placed properly, a composite filling can last longer than amalgam fillings and accomplish natural look. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Mercury safe : 1) anesthetize 2) latex free dam & goggles 3) high quality strong dental suction-dental assistant in control 4) oxygen for patient to breathe 5) dentist electric drill - high torque & slower speed. Plenty of water spray to reduce heat build which causes mercury vapor release 6) chunk out filling -do not just drill it out 7) office amalgam separator 8) once removed, remove dam, thorough rinse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ask your dentist: It's best to check with your dentist. It is hard to evaluate an amalgam on your own. The mercury risk is one you need to decide for yourself. There are very strong opinions on both sides, but most objective studies show it's safety for the majority of the population. It is also the most durable, inexpensive material available. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Unfortunately, there is no way to remove any filling, amalgam or otherwise without using a handpiece and drilling it out. However, there is no reason to be concerned about this process. I would guess that you have concerns about mercury? There are many methods to reduce vaporization and ingestion during this process. Discuss your concerns with your own dentist for a thorough discussion of this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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