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Metal Fillings In Teeth
Yes: The metal ions in the amalgam (silver) fillings tend to leach out over time and stain the surrounding tooth structure gray. This does not occur with tooth colored composite fillings which are also bonded to your tooth. ...Read more
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Yes: The muscles of the jaw and face are incredibly powerful and it's not uncommon for someone who grinds their teeth to damage not only the fillings, but also the teeth themselves. Talk to your dentist about a nightguard. ...Read more
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
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
Neither: Both tooth colored and silver fillings are perfectly safe and effective as long as they are placed properly. The american dental association supports the use of both kinds of filling materials when used properly. ...Read more
Have 10-15 year old metal fillings. How do I know if they are made w/ amalgam mercury? Lots of health issues since, including twitching all over body.
Not related: Your silver fillings are not related to any of your other health issues. If they are silver in color, they have mercury that is chemically bound to other metals, not free mercury like in a thermometer. Even if you replace all of them, you will still have the same health issues. Consult with a good local physician regarding the twitching and your other issues ...Read more
After silver filling by a dentish in my three teeth...I felt vomit, giddinss n the metals did NT hard. Its melting. Pl help.
Coincidence?: The risk of a 'metal allergy' from the silver filling is extremely low. It is more likely that you may have se other illness (flu or cold) that is causing these symptoms. Get evaluated by your medical doctor. Good luck! ...Read more
All four of my first molars are infected, two have mercury fillings. I want to get all the four teeth extracted and the metal removed. Which modern dentures are best for me?
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
Gums hurt: Go back to the dentist who placed the filling to see why it's hurting you. ...Read more
Have a metal filling on root of molar. Molar had root canal done Friday. Now that tooth, mostly the filling, smells bad like smoke. Cause?
Medicament?: Decay? Hard to say. Your treating dentist knows that tooth better than anyone over the internet. Why don't you give them a call? ...Read more
See your dentist: Depending upon how long ago the filling was placed, this could be a sign of needing to be smoothed and polished. This simple procedure could help decrease the irritation to the gums. Return to the practitioner who placed the filling for an evaluation. ...Read more
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
Do I have mercury poisoning what else could it be went to dentist believe she held light on filling to long because I had terrible metal taste in mouth I had questioned. About 3 weeks later I was in the hospital when dr thought I had stroke. All test norm
i am sorry to hear of your recent symptoms. However, if you already believe that you have mercury poisoning any answer that the fine dentists graciously responding from this site will probably be disbelieved. If you truely have mercury poisoning I would look into any fish or seafood you have eaten. Otherwise, my real recommendation is to find a skilled diagnostic physician who has seen symptoms like yours before.
Michael i. Wollock
dentistry at suburban square
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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
None: If there were dangers, dentists would not be allowed to place them. The internet is a terrific "soap box" for the uninformed to blog away to their heart's content. If you would feel better to change them, you are free to do so. It's your $$$. But you don't have to. Silver fillings have been used for over 150 years without incident. ...Read more
Interdental flossin: The dental consensus is interdental flossing is what keeps the periodontal tissue around your teeth clean, plaque free, bacterial free and healthy. It is very easy for your dentist to create more room for the dental floss insertion. In the meantime use waxed floss as the wax will help to ease the floss through. Take care. ...Read more
Optics: Because teeth are translucent, they can reflect the light in such a way as to give the appearance of darkness at the junction of the filling. As the filling ages, it can also stain the teeth. A new cavity could also increase the darkness around a filling. You should ask your dentist. ...Read more
Yes: They can be removed. When there is leakage at the edges and/or breakdown and /or decay, we remove them and replace them. Most often anymore, we use tooth colored material. ...Read more
Your dentist does this daily. He is highly trained to do this effortlessly.
Just don't try it at home! ...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
Why?: If you have bad gums you need a thorough job, and your gums may bleed. The rubber dam is placed to protect the fillings from contamination, it is more difficult with bleeding gums. If you get the filling before the deep cleaning and you have cavities under the gum level, the fillings may not adapt properly. Discuss the Pros and Cons with your dentist. ...Read more
Rough areas: Your filling may need to be polished more. ...Read more
Bruxism: The technical term for grinding of teeth at night is bruxism. It can cause fillings to hurt, wear down enamal, cause facial pain and headaches. There are treatments for this that your dentist should be familiar with. Sometimes biofeedback or other therapies by a psychologist help. This can also sometimes be a medication side effect - so the key to treating this is proper diagnosis. ...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