Are There Any Adverse Affects with Amalgam-type Fillings?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Over the last several years, more and more people have started to ask questions about amalgams, the filling in your mouth that contains mercury. The reason questions have been asked is that mercury is a toxic substance that may lead to diseases like autism, alzheimer's, and MS. So are they safe to have in our mouth?

Silver colored fillings
Several agencies such as The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), say amalgams are safe, and that they have not been able to find a link between mercury-based fillings and diseases. As far as the cases of autism, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis causes have yet to be found. There has also been no evidence to suggest someone who gets amalgams removed will be cured of any of these diseases. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding amalgam fillings you can contact Dr. Lechner at his Delaware, OH dental office. 

In March of 2002, the FDA restated their views on the safety of amalgams. It is true that amalgams contain mercury but when mercury is mixed with other metals it becomes a stable alloy. This alloy has been used in many dental offices for well over 100 years for the treatment of tooth decay. The National Institutes of Health conducted several large-scale studies to answer many of the questions raised about silver-colored amalgams. There has also been discussion regarding the adverse health effects surrounding the small amount of mercury vapor in these fillings. The ADA has stated there is no evidence to support these ideas and that the small amount of vapor will not result in adverse health. 

According to the ADA, allergic reactions have been reported as a result of amalgams. However, there have been fewer than 100 cases reported. This allergic reaction is very similar to other allergic reactions people may experience. There will be some itching and rashes that occur. It has been found that most of these cases can be attributed to heredity. If you are allergic to metals or have a family history, amalgams will not be used.

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