home
RSS
Alternatives to mercury dental fillings
December 16th, 2010
05:03 PM ET

Alternatives to mercury dental fillings

Mercury fillings have had a murky history. Used for more than a century, the American Dental Association says they're safe, but all you have to do is google "dangers of mercury fillings" to see that a whole host of people disagree.

Like the dentists' group, the Food and Drug Administration has said mercury fillings are safe, but now an FDA committee is advising a second look at the issue based on  new data.

While the FDA considers whether they want to mull over the safety of mercury fillings, we empowered patients can take action of our own.

First, read why the FDA thinks mercury (or amalgam) fillings are safe. If you're not convinced, you can ask your dentist for alternatives to mercury fillings, such as resin composite fillings. If your doctor still recommends mercury, ask why.

In some situations, mercury fillings are the best option, says Dr. Matthew Messina, an ADA spokesman. For example, if the filling is in a tooth that's difficult to keep dry, resin composite fillings might not work well since the filling needs a dry environment while it's being applied and cured.

But in many cases, an alternative should work. Messina says in 2003, the most recent year for which data is available, only 30% of patients received mercury fillings.

"The number of people who get them continues to fall because they're not the prettiest," Messina says. "Given the choice, people opt for something that looks more like teeth."

Beware a higher dental bill if you choose an alternative to mercury. At dental offices we called, a mercury filling for a medium-sized cavity costs about $175 and $225 for a composite. Your dental insurance might not pay for the more expensive type unless there's a reason you need it.

Your insurance also likely won't pay for you to get your mercury fillings yanked out just because you're worried about mercury toxicity, Messina says.


soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. orang shops

    I was able to find good advice from your articles.

    https://media.stellantisnorthamerica.com/securedredirect.do?redirect=http://ocrv.xyz

    May 14, 2021 at 23:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Maserati Shower

    This is the perfect website for anyone who would like to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want to…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic that's been written about for decades. Excellent stuff, just excellent!

    http://intranet.fundaciones.org/AEF_ADMIN/GEA-SEND/click.php?id=em541024401f48c&idparent=cw54102032a42d4&customer=cw4b7d69c7427ca&email=nievescuenca@leucemiaylinfoma.com&status=2&url=http://club-maserati.com

    May 15, 2021 at 04:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. realtor agents near me

    There's definately a lot to know about this subject. I really like all the points you've made.

    http://widget.vogel.de/redirect/redirect.cfm?pk=46&target=https://meganleary.com

    May 15, 2021 at 04:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Walk In Eye Exam Near Me

    I like it when folks get together and share ideas. Great blog, continue the good work!

    https://www.kyoto-osaka.com/search/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=9143&url=https://arizonasvision.com

    May 15, 2021 at 06:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Build Maserati

    http://aff-tracking.dkt.com.vn/click/33966?url=http://club-maserati.com

    May 15, 2021 at 10:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Page Eye Center

    Hey there! I simply wish to offer you a huge thumbs up for your great information you've got here on this post. I am returning to your website for more soon.

    http://fishbiz.seagrant.uaf.edu/click-thru.html?url=http://arizonasvision.com

    May 15, 2021 at 13:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. trailer body repair

    http://eromoe.com/search/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=198&url=https://ocrvmotorsports.biz

    May 15, 2021 at 14:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Digital Marketing Services

    https://hirlevel.cadit.hu/~hirlevel/redirect.php?id=299&url=https://www.affordableranking.com/

    May 15, 2021 at 21:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Social Media Marketing Agency

    Hi there! This blog post couldn’t be written any better! Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this information to him. Fairly certain he's going to have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.lc-blattla.at/includes/linkaufruf.asp?link=http://www.affordableranking.com/

    May 16, 2021 at 01:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Digital Marketing California

    Having read this I believed it was really enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

    https://www.wifesharingpics.com/web/cgi/out.php?url=http://www.affordableranking.com

    May 16, 2021 at 01:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Social Media Marketing Services Near Me

    http://bbs.cfish.idv.tw/link.php?url=affordableranking.com/

    May 16, 2021 at 02:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Aika Wiki

    Everything is very open with a very clear explanation of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Many thanks for sharing!

    https://www.shtrih-m.ru/bitrix/redirect.php?goto=http://aikareborn.com/forums/guilds.55/

    May 16, 2021 at 02:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Local Marketing Firm

    Can I simply say what a comfort to uncover somebody that really knows what they're discussing over the internet. You actually realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people ought to read this and understand this side of your story. I can't believe you aren't more popular because you most certainly possess the gift.

    https://www.zdorov.online/goto.php?l=https://affordableranking.com

    May 16, 2021 at 03:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Social Media Marketing Agency Around Me

    http://www.prototypes.biz/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=affordableranking.com

    May 16, 2021 at 04:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. truck box repair

    You are so awesome! I do not suppose I have read anything like that before. So great to discover another person with some original thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This site is something that's needed on the web, someone with some originality!

    https://altapress.ru/skidki/site/gate?id=572&url=https://mariavcastellanos.com/?p=343701

    May 16, 2021 at 12:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. upholstery places near me

    https://www.networkwestmidlands.com/app_plugins/newsletterstudio/pages/tracking/trackclick.aspx?nid=222032043046218113160139027110139090200145129222&e=110024019041160092165184191033184192223098173235089094051167053248022130012064081000254037204072&url=http://goshopping.ng/product/samsung-galaxy-m30-64gb-rom-4gb-ram/

    May 16, 2021 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Ram Van Frame Repair

    http://guozhenlai.com/link.php?url=sprintervanrepairshop.com/sprinter-van-alignment-shop-near-me/

    May 16, 2021 at 14:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Authorized Repair Shop

    That is a really good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Short but very precise info… Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!

    http://matomex.com/dir/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=1406&url=https://fleettruckrepairshop.com/truck-repair-shop-near-me/

    May 16, 2021 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4

Leave a Reply to frolep rotrem


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.