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Is the mercury in a dental amalgam filling safe?

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Posted by: sadmehere  (9 years ago)
Hi everyone,

I am scheduled to get a filling on my back molar in a few weeks. I am opting for an amalgam filling because of its strong and long-lasting characteristics. However, I am worried about the stories of mercury poisoning and numerous health issues related to it. Anyone who had any experience of it?

I look forward for your answers!
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Dental Amalgam is one of the most studied and researched materials on earth. It has never scientifically been associated with any health problems. It is a very inert substance when combined with the elements in a dental filling, it is not free mercury. It is less costly and more durable than the white filling materials, you are making the proper choice.
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: sadmehere  (9 years ago)
Thank you for your input Doc! It is very helpful.

Cheers!
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Posted by: codehacker  (9 years ago)
Hello!

It is safe and they are more durable compared to the white composites. The dentists are competent and they won't do anything that will harm you. They heat the amalgam and vacuum off the liquid correctly, so there wouldn't be any problems.
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