Oral Health

Question
Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-06-04

Q.

Issues

hi there a few ?

1. Are fissure sealants for my 6 yr old safe? i.e non toxic?
2. I saw a new dentist today who said she could gladly remove my amalgam fillings on next visit, i told her that i had read that removing them can cause more mercury into the bloosdstream than if they were left there, she answered honestly to say that some might be swallowed but they will take care to prevent that and agreed that i dont have to do ALL at once, she will replace them with what i think she called Composite white fillings
My questions re this are twofold:
1. Is the white composite? safe? non toxic?
2. Is there a dentist in Gauteng that specialises in removing the amalgam and that will make doubly sure all safety precautions are taken not to swallow? or do you think i can trust my new dentist to do this job?
How often is removal done by dentists? Will it be a big long job or not really? I am nervous that i will cause more harm to my health in having them removed? i read your article that they are safe, but the study did not follow the children into adulthood to see the possible neurological effects that i believe they have caused in myself.

Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

1) yes 100% safe
1) composites are safe
all dentists are trained in effectively removing the amalgam. it is not a major procedure but if you have concerns- do not remove them all at once.
Removal is done on a daily basis by dentists.

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