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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
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
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
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. 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
I did root canal through the gold crown, permenant fillings were done by dr I did not know. Is root canal final sealing same as regular filling?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Cast restorations: Gold or porcelain inlays/onlays can also be used... But they are more expensive than composite or amalgam fillings. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Amalgam fillings safe while pregnant? I've heard mixed thoughts on them and recently just got 2 I'm almost 35 weeks, nervous!
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
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
Amalgam is safe: Although it's a controversial topic, according to the american dental association, and the most current well done studies, there is no evidence of any harm to either you or your baby. Personally, I don't place amalgam fillings in my office anymore, because there are such great tooth colored materials available now. However, if you were my patient I would tell you not to worry or lose any sleep! ...Read more
I recently had a filling about 10 weeks ago and the amalgam in it has turned black, is that usual?
Yes: They often do turn dark. Maybe partially due to a roughness that can polish up at least 24 hrs after it is placed. Ask your dentist that placed it. Amalgam will also cast dark shadows in your teeth and even permanently precipitate stain inside your teeth. It is a very tough material though and when used correctly is probably the most durable option short of more expensive options like crowns. ...Read more
Depends: Any deep filling close to the nerve can cause thermal sensitivity. When dentists place deep fillings, they place a base to protect the pulp. However if thermal sensitivity persists for more than a few weeks, and if pain lingers after hot or cold see your dentist. You may then need a root canal. ...Read more
Amalgam vs composite: A composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic mixture. Esthetics of the composite is the main advantage. Dental amalgam is a mixture of silver and mercury is safe and durable choice. The dentist will inform every patient of the available choices of dental fillings and explain advantages and disadvantages. ...Read more
Like getting filling: Whether a dentist is cutting out tooth structure or amalgam the procedure is the same. You get numbed up...Remove the filling without removing more tooth structure if possible, and place your new amalgam free restoration. ...Read more
26% of mercury: The number is supported by the data submitted to IMERC by five dental amalgam manufacturers who represent the entire U.S. market for dental amalgam capsules. ...Read more
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 more
Filling is leaking: The filling occasionally need to be replaced. The only solution in your situation is to get new fillings done. See your dentist for exam, x-rays and refill. ...Read more
Your Choice: Different methods available. You can choose an accredited dentist, member of the iabdm or iaomt. Take a look at their web sites- www. Iabdm. Org, www. Iaomt. Org - to find dentists, with additional training in safe removal of mercury, amalgam fillings by iaomt and iabdm. Accredited members of these international academies, follow their protocols. See consumers for dental choice- www. Toxicteeth. Org. ...Read more
If not broken: Why fix it? It may last you for a lifetime. Take care. ...Read more
NO!!!: For decades the top pure science medical and dental researchers have studied this issue and all have reached the same conclusion-silver mercury amalgam fillings are safe. Those who say otherwise have no real science to validate their findings. It is true mercury is a poison alone, but so is sodium or chloride, but mixed together they are salt. While no longer popular due to esthetic, it is safe! ...Read more
No: Amalgam fillings, or even white composite fillings, are not the cause for a bacterial mouth infection. Inadequate oral hygiene is usually the cause, but you should see a dentist to rule out some other conditions, someof which can be serious. Call today. ...Read more
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 more
Amalgam: Has been around in dental fillings for a century or more and has no known ill effects despite all the hype. It is neither good or bad for you. A better material is composite because it releases Fluoride and makes the tooth almost as strong as it was before the decay. Amalgam just fills the hole. ...Read more
Not Bad: Certain precautions must be taken during the placement and handling of amalgam fillings, once you have the filling placed you should not have any noticeable mercury leaking, it becomes a stable compound. Over the life of your filling some traces of mercury may leak but nothing to compare with the amount you get from eating fish. ...Read more
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
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