How safe is it to have a gold crown sitting next to an amalgam filling - Doctor answers

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How safe is it to have a gold crown sitting next to an amalgam filling?

Very safe!: As a dentist with over 25 years of experience, i'd venture to say millions of gold crowns are sitting there next to amalgam fillings. The vast majority of them (probably 99% or more) exhibit no interaction (significant galvanic current) causing symptoms. There is disagreement among dentists on this topic. Some dentists are very anti-amalgam and very passionate about it. Me? I place amalgams! ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Amalgam (Definition)

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


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Last week a dentist gave me two amalgam fillings (one directly next to a gold crown) immediately after a hygiene treatment. Since then my mouth is pain?

Last week a dentist gave me two amalgam fillings (one directly next to a gold crown) immediately after a hygiene treatment. Since then my mouth is pain?

See your dentist: If your teeth are bothering you where you had your filling (s), there could be a few reasons why. 1- your bite is off which your dentist can easily fix. 2- the filling is deep because you had a deep cavity. If your cavity was close to your nerve your tooth may be sensitive up to 6-8 weeks and if it continues longer or is painful anytime them you may need a root canal. Either way see your dentist. ...Read more

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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?

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

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. ...Read more

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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. Other opinions?

My opinion\advice: Technically and theoretically, two dissimilar metals in the presence of saliva which is acidic may create a galvanic response causing some 'shock'. In reality, this has never been a problem for me or my patients. It can happen and is often mild and temporary. Other options are to replace the silver filling with a composite filling, or use a ceramic crown. ...Read more

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I have an implant with a gold crown. A tooth next to it is painful when chewing and has a big mercury filling. Could those dissimular metals be cause?

I have an implant with a gold crown. A tooth next to it is painful when chewing and has a big mercury filling. Could those dissimular metals be cause?

No: The metals are not the source of the pain. Likely the underlying dental decay is worsening. See your dentist to get it checked out. ...Read more

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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

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

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Can you tell me are silver amalgam fillings or white resin fillings safer for health?

Can you tell me are silver amalgam fillings or white resin fillings safer for health?

Both safe: Silver amalgam fillings have been around over 150 years and no conclusive evidence or study ever to my knowledge on them not being safe. Composite fillings newer and considered safe but have not stood the same test of time. Both have had controversies concerning their safety. I would have either in my mouth without any concern! Air, water. Food and just living is not 100% safe. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain, is it safe to replace deep amalgam fillings with composite fillings?

Safe and predictable: Amalgam fillings over time can crack and decay. Replacing them with composite resin is a predictable, safe and long term solution. ...Read more

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Is it safe to replace amalgam fillings?

Is it safe to replace amalgam fillings?

Yes: It's done all the time. Presuming there is a problem with the existing restoration, once it's removed a new restoration can be placed utilizing any of several different materials. Replacing amalgam fillings simply because they are amalgam is sometimes done for esthetic or other reasons but you will find many opinions on this topic. From the ada: http://www. Ada. Org/2468.Aspx. ...Read more

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Is a mouthful of amalgams (silver-mercury) fillings safe?

Absolutely safe: I have a mouth full of silver fillings and I have no intention of changing them. I'm still waiting to see even 1 article in a well refereed scientific journal that tells me otherwise. It's a hoax. It's bad science. Don't fall for the mumbo-jumbo. ...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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Is it safe to use mercury amalgam fillings?

Is it safe to use mercury amalgam fillings?

The insurance: Companies would like you to believe that it is a safe and viable restoration because it is cheap for them. Many insurance companies will also downgrade resin restorations to amalgams to save money. Amalgams had their day 50 years ago. It is an overall inferior filling (forget the mercury issue) which weakens the tooth. There is no literature supporting the benefits of amalgams in decades. ...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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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 are amalgam fillings?

How safe are amalgam fillings?

Safe: Based on scientific evidence, fda considers dental amalgam fillings also known as silver fillings are safe for adults and children ages 6 and above. The amount of mercury measured in the bodies of people with dental amalgam fillings is well below levels associated with adverse health effects. ...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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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

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Crown (Definition)

The crown of a tooth is that part of the tooth on top of the root. The crown of the tooth is the part that is visible in the mouth. A crown restoration is a procedure that restores the crown of a tooth that is damaged by fracture or extensive decay by cementing a replica of the crown over a prepared tooth, and is one of the most common ...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