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Dr. Kyle Shank
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Is it safe to have mercury tooth fillings while pregnant?

Is it safe to have mercury tooth fillings while pregnant?

Yes: The mercury is a non-issue. No evidence that it will harm you or the baby. That said, we try to get all dental work done in the second trimester. If you are having pain, that's another story. Rule of thumb though, get all your dental work done in the second trimester. Cleanings can be done at any time. ...Read more

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If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Can a tooth that had a mercury filling be harmful to unborn baby if tooth has chipped and i swallowed the bit of tooth I am 26 weeks pregnant

Can a tooth that had a  mercury filling  be harmful to unborn baby if  tooth has chipped and i swallowed the bit of tooth I am  26 weeks pregnant

Nope: Your baby will not be harmed by any broken teeth or fillings. Have the tooth looked at by your dentist. There's a reason it broke, and it may need to be treated before you give birth. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Is it safe to get mercury fillings while pregnant got 2 yesterday and now worried it will harm my baby..I'm 34 weeks?

Is it safe to get mercury fillings while pregnant got 2 yesterday and now worried it will harm my baby..I'm 34 weeks?

Amalgam is ok: Amalgam is a choice of restorative materials that is approved by the Americal Dental Association. Ask your dentist about other restorative options that may be more aesthetic if you need future restorations. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Is it safe to have dental filling, and tooth pull out, using anesthesia and pain relifes during pregnancy?

Is it safe to have dental filling, and tooth pull out, using anesthesia and pain relifes  during pregnancy?

Pregnancy and Tx: Most dentists & doctors agree that all elective dental treatment should be postponed until after delivery. Any necessary dental treatment in healthy women, especially when it involves alleviating pain and\or infection or the likelihood of it, can be performed with some normal precautions.This includes local anesthesia (w\o epi), fillings and extractions. Have your dentist consult with obgyn 1st. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Nefcy
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I am scheduled for an MRI in Dec but I have 2 mercury fillings plus one metal nail in one of my root canalled teeth. Is it safe for me to get an MRI?

Yes, except...: The mercury fillings are not important for MRI studies. The metal nail may be a problem if it is an old treatment or performed in certain countries, most notably the eastern european countries. In these circumstances, it is possible that the tooth with the nail could heat up or become loose with MRI. At your age, that is unlikely, however. Tell details to the MRI tech before you start study. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Blake Perkins
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Im 8weeks pregnant and had a silver filling placed while pregnant has had cracked tooth n needed it will my unborn baby be ok I have read it harmful?

Im 8weeks pregnant and had a silver filling placed while pregnant  has had cracked tooth n needed it will my unborn baby be ok I have read it harmful?

You are ok!: The amount of mercury in an amalgam "silver" filling is negligible. Treating your tooth problem properly allows you to continue through your pregnancy without that tooth being at risk for further problems, decay, and infection which are more detrimental to the health of your baby than getting a filling. Although i would prefer to place composite fillings free of metal, your baby should be fine. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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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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Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
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What is the danger of mercury tooth filling?

I believe none.: All studies say there is no danger.Do a study for yourself ; stand on a corner ; see if anyone that passes by has at least one mercury amalgam filling in their mouth. You might find that 9 out if 10 will have at least 1 of these metal fillings in their mouth. Then ask yourself how are all these people walking around appearing healthy with all those type of fillings in their mouth. ...Read more

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Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Im 8weeks pregnant and had a silver filling put in isit harmful to my unborn baby has i heard its harmful has it leaks mercury?

Im 8weeks pregnant and had a silver filling put in isit harmful to my unborn baby has i heard its harmful has it  leaks mercury?

Safe : While mercury in its pure form is dangerous and can be absorbed by the body causing harm, numerous medical and dental studies done with the strictest scientific controls over decades have shown silver amalgam fillings to be safe and not leak mercury! So don't worry! ...Read more

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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


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