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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

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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 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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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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