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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. Abraham Jaskiel
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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

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Are amaglam fillings safe during 3rd trimester will it harm my baby just got 2 yesterday?

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

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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

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Are silver amalgam fillings sensitive to hot or cold?

Are silver amalgam fillings sensitive to hot or cold?

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

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I was wondering, do dentists still use amalgam fillings?

I was wondering, do dentists still use amalgam fillings?

Of course: 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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Can you tell me are there different silver amalgam filling material?

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

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What is the procedure to get a dental amalgam filling removed and replaced?

What is the procedure to get a dental amalgam filling removed and replaced?

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

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After having big amalgam filling out, why do I feel so drowsy and have low energy?

After having big amalgam filling out, why do I feel so drowsy and have low energy?

Possible infection?: The actual missing amalgam will not make you drowsy or cause fatigue. In infection, however, can stress your immune system. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to get silver/amalgam fillings?

Is it dangerous to get silver/amalgam fillings?

None: Amalgam has been used and studied for over 60 years and there is no scientific evidence based studies that link dental amalgam to any problem or disease conditions. ...Read more

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Curious as to how much mercury is in the average amalgam filling for one tooth?

Curious as to how much mercury is in the average amalgam filling for one tooth?

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

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Can amalgam fillings cause mercury poisoning?

No: Amalgam fillings have been used for over 150 years. You'd think after all that time we would know if they were dangerous, right? There are more important things to worry about. ...Read more

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When should I remove mercury amalgam fillings?

When should I remove mercury amalgam fillings?

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

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My silver (amalgam) filling is leaking! What should I do?

My silver (amalgam) filling is leaking! What should I do?

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

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What's involved in having mercury amalgam fillings removed?

What's involved in having mercury amalgam fillings removed?

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

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Should I remove the wisdom tooth that was just filled with amalgam filling?

If not broken: Why fix it? It may last you for a lifetime. Take care. ...Read more

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Could amalgam in dental fillings cause mercury poisoning?

Could amalgam in dental fillings cause mercury poisoning?

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

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Can amalgam fillings be the cause for a bacterial mouth infection?

Can amalgam fillings be the cause for a bacterial mouth infection?

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

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Can hole be in amalgam filling over the years?

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 more

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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 more

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Is mercury in amalgam fillings good or bad for you?

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

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Can mercury in amalgam fillings good or bad for you?

Can mercury in amalgam fillings good or bad for you?

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

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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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