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Doctor insights on: Silver Fillings Side Effects

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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


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I was wondering if silver fillings or white resin filling are safer?

I was wondering if silver fillings or white resin filling are safer?

Dental fillings: Both are considered safe. The use of amalgam fillings has stood the test of time ; scrutiny for over 150 years. Current materials used for composite fillings have not been around as long. Each has pros and cons. I have both in my mouth ; could have 100% of either for free. Unquestionably, composite fillings are becoming the norm as they too have stood the test of time and improving in durability.

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I'm gonna be changing from silver fillings to composite fillings - pros and cons?

More attractive: Restorations with composites create a tooth-colored filling that blends in with other teeth, avoiding the harsh and unattractive appearance of metal. Composites bond to the tooth and strengthen it and are more conservative.

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Docs can you explain, is my silver filling going to really show?

Silver fillings: It depends whether you have a big mouth or not.

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Silver fillings vs cosmetic/white fillings, what are the differences?

Silver vs Composite: Both types of filling are suitable to use, the white filling material is more difficult to place and more time consuming. Besides being virtually invisible, composites have a property of bonding to the tooth structure.

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I'm getting my last filling done soon. How obvious are silver fillings on back molars?

Composite?: It all depends on the size and how far the fillings extend. Some fillings are small, whereas some are really large. If you are concerned about the appearance of the silver fillings, you might consider having those fillings placed with composite resin, which is tooth colored. As your dentist about the difference in fees for the composite fillings.

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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.

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Could silver filling be replaced with white filling?

Yes: Yes, silver fillings can be replaced by white composite resin fillings. However, some amalgam fillings that extend under the gums might be harder to restore with the composite resins due to the amount of fluid and saliva that could contaminate the site on the tooth into which the composite resin will be placed, thereby reducing the effectiveness and long term survival of the filling.

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My silver filling hurts suddenly, should I be worried?

Worried enough: Worried enough to see your DDS. Dental pain means a problem with the tooth.

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Can you tell me are silver fillings bad for your health?

I can tell you this: Amalgam restorations have been around for over 150 years. You would think that after a billion silver fillings have been placed, we would know if there was a problem. You can choose whatever material you want or replace the fillings you have... It's your $$$. But it won't change your health.

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Can you tell me, are silver fillings bad for your health?

Yes and no: The mere presence does not affect your health, but removing them and swallowing the debris is not the best thing for you. They also do have a higher incidence of cracked teeth.

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Should one replace their silver fillings with the white ones. Will it last just as long?

That depends: If your metal fillings are in good condition, leave them alone. There is a chance your teeth could be damaged removing a perfectly good filling. If you have fillings that need to be replaced anyway then you can have them replaced with white fillings. They may however not last as long as metal fillings.

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What will the dentist do to old silver fillings?

What will the dentist do to old silver fillings?

Nothing unless...: Unless there is a clinical reason for removal, your dentist will monitor them for breakdown. All fillings in your mouth will eventually "wear out" and require replacement...But just because there are "old" is not a reason for removal. Hope that answers your question!

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The silver filling in my tooth is very painful, what can I do to alleviate the pain?

See dentist: There can be many reasons for a silver filling to hurt. It can range from hitting high on the filling (bite off) to pulp (nerve and other live parts inside tooth) damage that can lead to an infection (abcess). Simple to worse case. See your dentist now.

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My dentist replaced silver filling with composite and I am unable to chew after that. She said it was shallow and redid filling but no luck. Please hel?

My dentist replaced silver filling with composite and I am unable to chew after that. She said it was shallow and redid filling but no luck. Please hel?

Treatment Failure: I am sure you can understand but this is probably the wrong forum to bring us this problem. You need attention, in person, urgently. When a treatment fails to produce the desired out come then the doctor gets a chance to re-evaluate the situation. It is time to contact your Dentist for further instructions.

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Can silver fillings cause symptoms similar to MS (or cause ms)? If one breaks, falls out, cracks, can the hard metal inside cause ms? If so, what are the best ways to remove these without increase the symptoms?

Can silver fillings cause symptoms similar to MS (or cause ms)? If one breaks, falls out, cracks, can the hard metal inside cause ms? If so, what are the best ways to remove these without increase the symptoms?

No- not a cause: Silver fillings do not cause MS or symptoms of MS. Although we do not know all the reasons people have MS, we are sure it is not their fillings. If one breaks or falls out, have it replaced to protect your teeth. You do not need to have these removed for MS-related reasons or any medical reason that comes to mind.

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