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  • Remove or not remove amalgam? Have read quite a bit for an against amalgam fillings and feel I would be better without them. What do you think? Have entire lower right side of mouth with amalgam. Would like to have amalgam fillings removed by a dentist who specializes in the removal. Have read extensively on internet re: removal and it seems that certain procedures must be followed during the removal of these fillings. Like blood tests should be done prior, etc. Is this correct? Or, can my dentist or any dentist do this procedure? ...Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Amalgam replacement healthy for pregnancy? I have three teeth with amalgam fillings for about 10 years. I read some info about amalgam on Internet. It was reported that lactating women with aged amalgam fillings had increased Hg excretion in breast milk and mercury in amalgam may be harmful for brain/central nervous system development of foetuses/children. Also, women should have their amalgam fillings removed at least one year in advance of when they intend to become pregnant and discuss the risk with an informed medical doctor or dentist. It looks to me that I have to remove my amalgam fillings right away because I plan to have a baby in 2-3 years. My questions are 1) Is this removal necessary for future pregnancy? 2) What risks it may cause? ...Visitor from North Dakota     (answer)

  • Replacing amalgam fillings with Crowns: My dentist recommends that I have all of my amalgam fillings replaced. He has recommended 4 crowns and 4 white replacement fillings. How can I be sure that the crowns really need to be crowns instead of replacement fillings? The amount of work recommended was close to $10,000. He charges over a $1,000 for crowns and over $100 for fillings. ...Visitor from SC     (answer)

  • Saving Money: I have a tooth that is one-quarter chipped. The tooth is already one half amalgam and the amalgam is what is chipped. If all the amalgam is ground away I am sure I will need a crown. Is it possible to combine amalgam and composite to avoid the high cost of a crown? The amalgam that is left seems to be ok. ...Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • Amalgam Replacement: Is there a "best" technique for amalgam placement to help reduce hypersensitivity (e.g. to cold) and improve bond strength? ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Silver Fillings Replacement: About a year ago on my dentist's recommendion I let him replace all 4 of my 25-yr-old silver fillings with new composite ones even though I had never had any problems with them - I've regretted it ever since. There is one back lower molar which gives me very sharp nerve pain when I eat - it only seems to be senstive to pressure. I gave it ten months and it got a little better but still hurt alot so I went to another dentist who said the filling was probably bonded wrong so he replaced it and now it hurts more. What should I try next, replace it again but with a silver filling or a root canal or what? ...Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Tooth ache after filling replacement: I had three mercury fillings replaced and crowned I had no pain before this. Then I started getting off and on toothaches every 12 - 22 hours. Then I would take some ibuprophine and it goes away then comes back. The dentist said everything looks good but we are thinking of a root canal or pulling it. It has been a month. Will this on and off again severe ache ever go away? I am thinking of having the tooth pulled tomarrow. ...Visitor from PA     (answer)

  • Tooth pain after amalgam removal: I had several amalgams replaced to get rid of mercury about 4 months ago. My molars on the upper right have remained sensitive to especially cold and pressure since then. The pain became worse, so I visited my dentist (not the one who replaced the fillings) last week and he x-rayed the teeth on top and bottom (right) and found nothing. We were able to determine the most sensitive tooth though and he adjusted the new fillings. I am taking antibiotics now (as I have in the last few months for unrelated problems) and each time with some relief of tooth sensitivity and pain. What should I do now? My dentist has suggested a root canal procedure. What is used to fill the canal? ...Visitor from AR     (answer)

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