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Mercury Fillings Cause Sinus Problems
No: Sinus disease is the result of the impairment of normal drainage and airflow through the sinuses. The drainage openings can get obstructed by viral infection, allergy, septal deviation, nasal polyps, tumors, barotrauma among others. Mercury fillings play no role in acute or chronic sinus disease. ...Read more
In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more
Possibly: I cannot denay that mercury in amalgam fillings causes certain health problems, at my opinion - it is difficult to quantify, and available research is more " speculative" in nature.. What we know is that mechanical properties of mercury fillings are not adequate and cause cracks in teeth and other problems, the only " prof" of memory loss is that patients cannot remember when they had fills done.. ...Read more
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 more
I'm constantly hearing that mercury fillings are dangerous but also hear that removing them will cause more mercury to enter your body? Is this true?
Not True: However, amalgam is a safe and durable choice. Most research finds no relationship between fillings and symptoms of mercury poisoning or other side effects. Advances in modern dental technology allow to place tooth colored composite fillings instead of amalgam fillings to restore the natural appearance of the tooth. You can remove old amalgams no problem. ...Read more
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 more
Mercury fillings, maybe leakage as i've had it for 15+ years...Can that cause ANA positive specifically centromere patterns? Thanks!
No: Mercury toxicity from dental fillings is a fallacy. It is not the cause for the positive autoantibody tests. ...Read more
Can mercury fillings cause simple partial seizures? I had two of my amalgam fillings removed in 2008 and have had epilepsy ever since. Is there a link
Corrosion: Some amalgam fillings can corrode over time and the byproducts can be absorbed by the neighboring tooth structure. While not cosmetically pleasing it is harmless to your tooth. The mercury is chemically bound up and is not being released. If you are concerned about cosmetics see your dentist about your options for a more cosmetic replacement. Otherwise leave them alone. ...Read more
Mercury fillings about 20 years ago. Can the mercury inside my teeth leak and caused harm to my health?
Amalgams: Amalgams have been used successfully for many years and millions of us, including me, have amalgams fillings. There is controversy about amalgams but no conclusive studies. If your silver fillings are still good, not cracked, broken or decayed then leave them as is. You can do harm to the tooth and nerve just by removing a filling. ...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
Was wondering if my temp filling i put in the hole is on top of or touching my amalgam (silver/mercury) fillings?
No worry: Just be sure to contact your dentist to have a temporary filling replaced with a permanent one. Take care. ...Read more
Many people have their amalgam (a mixture of silver and other metals and mercury) fillings removed, to be replaced by white, tooth colored composite or procelain dental restorations.
There is usually no physiological effect of removing the amalgam fillings. It may be psychologically beneficial however. ...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
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
NO: None of the research on amalgam fillings has ever been able to prove toxicity from mercury in amalgam fillings. They are being used less because the tooth colored fillings appear better and the doctors are not being exposed as much but the mercury in a filling is bonded into the metal and is not absorbed by you the patient. Amalgam fillings are still accepted by the ada. ...Read more
No: Unfortunately, there is no way to remove any filling, amalgam or otherwise without using a handpiece and drilling it out. However, there is no reason to be concerned about this process. I would guess that you have concerns about mercury? There are many methods to reduce vaporization and ingestion during this process. Discuss your concerns with your own dentist for a thorough discussion of this. ...Read more
A better quality: Restoration. Sadly, many insurance companies in their infinite wisdom will still only cover amalgams or downgrade composites to amalgams because it is cheaper for them. But a composite restoration is a far more conservative and far more aesthetic restoration than any amalgam could ever hope to be. If you look at any literature, composites are constantly improving -- no advancements in amalgams. ...Read more
NO: The only way to remove an amalgam filling is with a dental handpeice (dental drill). This must be done very carefully to avoid damage to the surrounding tooth structure. While I do not place amalgam restorations in my practice, i advise against removing existing amalgams usless there is new decay or the filling is cracked. ...Read more
Replacement material: Most people replace amalgams due to their silvery/dark appearance or for health preventive reasons since amalgams contain mercury which is a known neurotoxin. The best material to replace amalgams are ceramic restorations. Due to their high cost the most likely material to be used will be composites, a strong plastic. They can last as much as amalgams, periodic dental examinations are important. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
You can remove: However, amalgam is a safe and durable choice. Most research finds no relationship between fillings and symptoms of mercury poisoning or other side effects. Advances in modern dental technology allow to place tooth colored composite fillings instead of amalgam fillings to restore the natural appearance of the tooth. ...Read more
Composite\ceramic : If your amalgam (silver fillings) need to be replaced (or you want them replaced), you can ask the dentist to replace them with tooth colored bonded fillings, composite inlays\onlays or if extensive enough, porcelain laminates (veneers) or ceramic crowns. ...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
No it is safe: and durable dental material. why fix it? It may last you for a lifetime. Take care. ...Read more
Of course: However, they are safe and durable choice. Most research finds no relationship between fillings and symptoms of mercury poisoning or other side effects.. See your dentist for evaluation, x-rays and treatment if needed. ...Read more
Need some dental expertise! my temp filling i put in the hole is on top of or touching my amalgam (silver/mercury) fillings?
See a dentist: See a dentist and don't try to treat yourself. ...Read more
Cracked filling: The cracked filling needs attention. You should not ignore this because your tooth will decay.The amalgam itself it not a problem and will not cause you harm. See a dentist asap, and get the tooth treated. Good luck. ...Read more
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 more
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