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Are mercury fillings in teeth safe?


Last updated 12/1/2020 at 4:38pm

DEAR DR. ROACH: After reading your recent column on mercury, I wonder how dangerous mercury amalgam for cavity fillings is. I’d guess that the amount of metallic mercury ingested is insignificantly small and of no consequence to overall health. But is it better to replace that type of filling with newer, less-toxic fillings? -- J.G.

ANSWER: Many studies have looked at potential health harms to dental fillings using mercury-containing amalgam, and the consensus is that they are very safe, and that there is no good reason to remove them.

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