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Mercury Fillings And Fetuses
Yes: A recent 10 year study confirmed that mercury containing fillings cause numerous health issues in developing children. Also, mercury can be passed form mother to fetus. Mercury vapor is released from amalgam fillings every time you chew, brush your teeth, eat/drink hot or acidic foods/liquids, and whiten your teeth. There is no safe level of mercury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends: Depends on what you consider toxic and at what dose you receive the chemical. Bonded fillings contain bpa currently in a gray area on many fronts, metallic filings contain about 50% mercury. As a dentist I have 2 places to put these fillings your mouth or an epa registered hazardous waste dump. Which do you prefer? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It can...: ... And it's not harmful. After being in use for over 150 years and used on millions if not billions of teeth, we would know if it was harmful. ...Read more
Science says no: Many studies have been done and thus far all of them say no. Mercury that is by itself is dangerous, but in amalgam the mercury is bonded to silver or copper making it very stable and safe. Amalgam has been successfully used for over 100 years, but there are other options such as composite or glass ionomer that perform very well today. Ask your dentist which material is best in your case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Studies show that the mercury in an amalgam filling is bound to the other metal materials and the only release of mercury is on initial placement and when the filling is removed there is a vapor. Most dentists will be using a rubber dam which will isolate the tooth so that the vapors are not in contact with you. Also high vaccum and water spray are typically used which suppress the vapors. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
FISH!!!: The amount is not close. Too many studies have been done to prove the absolute minimal amount of hg released from amalgam. You would have to have a mouth full and then some before it was enough to cause advserse effects. ...Read more
Definitely no: Amalgam is a 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have like 12 cavities and they're all silver fillings unfortunately. Is the mercury in them more dangerous for adults patients?
Mercury fillings: I would not recommend having them removed unless there is something wrong with them, then replace with tooth colored fillings. There are some people who are allergic to some of the materials in silver fillings. Dentists have 2 places to put amalgams, your mouth or epa registered hazardous waste dump. Which do you want? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: And when properly mixed amalgam is a fine restorative material. I have many amalgams in my own mouth and if you check the research online you will find the same. Beware of anyone trying you to convince you to remove your amalgams because they are detrimental to your health. They will point to their "research" but the vast info from ada support the use of amalgam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Mercury in today's dental silver amalgam fillings is entirely bound to the other metals and is completely safe. Mercury levels in the brains of people with metal fillings is exactly the same as in the brains of people who have never had a metal filling. Tooth colored fillings contain no mercury, but wear out quicker. Metal fillings are more apt to cause fractures, but last longer. It's complex ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I read on the net that dental fillings (silver-mercury based) are toxic. Could they be removed safely?
Safe overall : Silver fillings with mercury have been around for over 150 years and are safe. NIH, the CDC and numerous universities have done long term studies and they all show that once set?these filling are beiegn., so don't worry. Advise would be to only replace the silver amalgams if they are failing. Good Luck! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Silver fillings: First. Removal of any filling has the potential for compllications. Each time a filling is removed a little more tooth is sacrificed making the preparation larger and closer to the pulp. If the only reason for removing silver fillings is fear of mercury then the wiser choice is to leave them alone. Hazard from mercury in silver fillings is highly overstated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Any man made material will only last for so long. Amalgam fillings have an average life expectancy of 15 years. After that the may last for several years or may begin breaking down and leaking around the edges and decay will begin or they may crack under stress. But you should not have an amalgam filling removed just because it has mercury in it. The mercury is bound to the other metals. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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