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Silver Metal Filling
What to do if I got a silver metal filling monday, and today (a reaction to the silver metal filling or something?
Depends on reaction: Amalgam fillings rarely cause a reaction unless you have an physical allergy to the silver or mercury. Having said that, I haven't done amalgam fillings in 20 years just because I think there are better materials out there for restorations. I would contact your dentist to evaluate your concerns about a possible reaction. ...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
Gums hurt: Go back to the dentist who placed the filling to see why it's hurting you. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My filled molar no6 broke off and today my dentist filled it with new silver filling with a metal pin inside. Is it safe? I'm scared I swallow the pin.
Pin reinforcement: Pins used to help support fillings are safe. In over 40 years of practice I never heard of any untoward reactions or problems with accidentally swallowed pins (even if that happened). ...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
Can be: If an amalgam filling was done, then there may be a few 'crumbs' of material left after the carving and shaping was done. Just rinse and spit them out. Very normal occurrance. ...Read more
Can fillings come out I have 3 fillings 2 white one silver and one of thewhite looks like its not there anymore?
Yes: Dental fillings, whether they are amalgam (silver) or composite (white) can definitely come out of a tooth. There are a a number of things that can cause the filling to come out. If a filling is missing from your tooth, you should see your dentist ASAP to evaluate the tooth and have the appropriate treatment performed. ...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
Your priorities?: Cost and longevity favor amalgam. If esthetics are your thing, then composites. The size of the cavity can also influence your decision. If it is small, a composite filling may require less tooth to be drilled away. There are other alternatives too, though they have higher costs. Gold is still a terrific choice. There are also porcelain fillings. Don't be afraid to talk to your dentist. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Worried enough: Worried enough to see your DDS. Dental pain means a problem with the tooth. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How hard is it to have a metal filling replaced with ceramic material? Is this suggested, or is it best to leave the filling in as is?
Not very hard: Its harder to give a complete answer because of not knowing why you asked as well as the type of material you are talking about. If there is nothing wrong with the filling leave as is. Are you referring to an amalgam or gold inlay? By ceramic are you referring to composite or a porcelain type like a crown that a dental lab makes? If a real large filling, a partial or full ceramic crown is option. ...Read more
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
Silver fillings: It depends whether you have a big mouth or not. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
What to do if I am 18 yrs old. I had two silver fillers put in when I was 8. would it be okay to have them replaced with composite fillings?
You can replace: 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 now allow the to place tooth colored composite fillings instead of amalgam fillings to restore the natural appearance of the tooth. ...Read more
Had filling replaced today and bit down later and it was on a chunk of filling. Could it be piece of old filling. I had two old silver fillings replaced with white ones today and later when I bit down it was a piece of silver filling. Could that be a pi
DDS ASAP: Dental pain means a problem with the tooth. See DDS. ...Read more
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
Nothing: Kids swallow pennies, other stuff all the time. Passes through them without any complications. Dental amalgam filling material is no different. ...Read more
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