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Doctor insights on: Metal Fillings In Teeth

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Do metal fillings discolor your teeth?

Do metal fillings discolor your 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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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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How to tell if metal fillings discolor your teeth?

How to tell if metal fillings discolor your teeth?

Amalgam stain: You will see darkening gray near the filling that shows through the enamel. ...Read more

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Is it possible for teeth grinding "shave" or chip metal fillings?

Is it possible for teeth grinding "shave" or chip metal fillings?

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

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Why does the mercury amalgam fillings cause my teeth to be dark underneath?

Why does the mercury amalgam fillings cause my teeth to be dark underneath?

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

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If I had silver mercury amalgam dental fillings, can I change to a safer material?

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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Are white or metal fillings better?

Are white or metal fillings better?

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

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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

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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

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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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What to do if I have gums behind fake tooth hurt after getting a silver metal filling! help?

What to do if I have gums behind fake tooth hurt after getting a silver metal filling! help?

Gums hurt: Go back to the dentist who placed the filling to see why it's hurting you. ...Read more

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My ums behind fake tooth hurt after getting a silver metal filling! help please?

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

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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

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

Cincinnati, : Cincinnati, 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 610-649-0313. ...Read more

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Do teeth whiteners work on fillings?

No: No. They will whiten your natural teeth but not fillings or crowns. ...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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What is the danger of silver filling in teeth?

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

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Difficult to floss between teeth after filling?

Difficult to floss between teeth after filling?

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

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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