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Silver Fillings In Teeth (Overview)

A dental amalgam commonly referred to as a "silver filling" is a metal alloy comprised of silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which binds these components into a hard, stable substance and used on back teeth to replace lost tooth structure from decay. Over the years it has been generally replaced with tooth colored bonded composite fillings.


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What is the danger of silver filling in teeth?

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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Silver Fillings In Teeth (Overview)

A dental amalgam commonly referred to as a "silver filling" is a metal alloy comprised of silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which binds these components into a hard, stable substance and used on back teeth to replace lost tooth structure from decay. Over the years it has been generally replaced with tooth colored bonded composite fillings.


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Is it possible to remove silver fillings in teeth?

Is it possible to remove silver fillings in teeth?

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

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What is the definition or description of: silver fillings in teeth?

What is the definition or description of: silver fillings in teeth?

Amalgam filling: A dental amalgam commonly referred to as a "silver filling" is a metal alloy comprised of silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which binds these components into a hard, stable substance and used on back teeth to replace lost tooth structure from decay. Over the years it has been generally replaced with tooth colored bonded composite fillings. ...Read more

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Removel of silver fillings in teeth just a fad or is really needed?

Removel of silver fillings in teeth just a fad or is really needed?

Silver fillings ok: Replace fillings when they need to be replaced- not before. A new filling often removes more tooth enamel and can irritate the nerve in the tooth causing pain. Silver fillings are often the best value for your buck: it’s the strongest and longest lasting of the filling materials especially for larger fillings. Toothcolored fillings generally will not last as long as silver fillings. ...Read more

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Silver fillings in teeth have been sensitive 4 days. What can I do to stop it from being so sensitive?

Can you close your: Mouth even on both sides? If you can't more likely the bite needs to be adjusted. Also there is a chance that the filling were deep and on that situationn it is normal for up to weeks. ...Read more

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Silver fillings in teeth have been sensitive, does that mean cavities underneath?

Silver fillings in teeth have been sensitive,  does that mean cavities underneath?

Possibly: It is possible, are they new silver fillings or old? If they are old it could be cavities, or it could be simply they are breaking down and need to be replaced. If they are new, that is common side effect as the metal slightly expands and contracts with hot and cold and typically will go away after 2-3 weeks, if it doesnt the dentist may need to replace them putting a liner/base underneath. ...Read more

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Silver fillings in teeth. Any worries that are real (or were the stories just internet hype)?

Internet Trash: Silver fillings have been around for over 150 years. You'd think by now if they caused any health issues the scientific community would know. In NY, at least, it unethical for a licensed dentist to advise a patient otherwise, and can result in sanctions and possible fines if s/he does. It would be misleading the public and that's just not allowed. ...Read more

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Can the mercury leak from my silver filling in my teeth cause sickness?

Can the mercury leak from my silver filling in my teeth cause sickness?

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 more

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I have 2 teeth filled with silver fillings. How bad are they for my health?

Safe: The amalgam fillings (silver fillings) have been controversial ever since their introduction in the late 1800's. Amalgam fillings are safe; there are hundreds of millions of them in the world. If they were not safe, you would see evidence of their health risks. ...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