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Doctor insights on: Removing Mercury Fillings During Pregnancy

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What are some things I should know about removing mercury amalgam fillings?

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

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Would removing mercury amalgam fillings cause greater risks than keeping them in?

Would removing mercury amalgam fillings cause greater risks than keeping them in?

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

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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?

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

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Dental filling during pregnancy, is it safe?

Pregnancy Filling: The first question i would have for you is how necessary is the filling to be done right now . 2nd- can it wait until after delivery? If there are no consequences for waiting putting it off a few months might be a better choice. Yes a filling can be done safely at any stage of your pregnancy but unless there are compelling reasons to do it now, why not wait until your pregnancy is a non-issue? ...Read more

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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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Is a mouthful of amalgams(silver-mercury) fillings safe?

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

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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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Can mercury amalgam fillings cause health problems?

Can mercury amalgam fillings cause health problems?

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

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What are the dangers of having mercury amalgam fillings?

What are the dangers of having mercury amalgam fillings?

Why have one? : Besides all the contraversies over amalgam's safety one thing for sure is that amalgam fillings over time cause cracks in teeth because they don't bond to teeth. There are much better material options available to patients now. ...Read more

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What's involved in having mercury amalgam fillings removed ?

What's involved in having mercury amalgam fillings removed ?

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

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After 50 years can you get poisioned from mercury amalgam fillings?

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

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Is it possible to remove amalgams (mercury fillings) without drilling?

Is it possible to remove amalgams (mercury fillings) without drilling?

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

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What to expect when getting mercury amalgam fillings removed and replaced?

What to expect when getting mercury amalgam fillings removed and replaced?

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

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Can you have amalgams (mercury fillings) removed without having a drilling?

Can you have amalgams (mercury fillings) removed without having a drilling?

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

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What are possible complications from having mercury amalgam fillings removed?

What are possible complications from having mercury amalgam fillings removed?

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

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What happens once mercury fillings are removed?

What happens once mercury fillings are removed?

Not much: 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

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Can mercury fillings cause memory problems?

Can mercury fillings cause memory problems?

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

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Was wondering if my temp filling i put in the hole is on top of or touching my amalgam (silver/mercury) fillings?

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

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Is it safe to use mercury amalgam fillings?

Is it safe to use mercury amalgam fillings?

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

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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