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SLH516
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I have a tiny little filling on the outside of one of my teeth from probably 30 years ago. Shallow enough they didn't need to use novocaine. Just a little bitty thing.

BUT...could even a little bitty thing be a problem?

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It can but they are not going to know until they get in there. Cavities can hide behind them and also in the root line (doesn't always show up on an xray).

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What makes you focus in on this filling?
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Judie
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If you're allergic to the substance, it could be a problem.
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Very tiny amounts of mercury can be a problem. (I am guessing that is the type it is, that is why you are concerned?) Many illnesses work by combination of insults to the system. So it could be a contributory factor.
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Mercury may be neurotoxin but lyme doesnt like it either ...mine wasnt enough to warrent the dentist bill and 3 weeks of ache ...but i was desperate prelyme

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SLH516
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TF, I've just read quite a few people recently talking about having fillings removed due to heavy metal problems...I've been blowing mine off because it's so small, but I thought I oughtta see what people think before I totally dismiss something in case it shouldn't be dismissed.
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I always ask for composite fillings rather than mercury ones.
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First, see how you respond to lyme treatment. That is what my lyme doc did with me. I responded well. So, then a few months into treatment, I asked him if I needed my metal fillings removed. (He never even asked me if I had any metal fillings.)

He said, "Evidently not." In other words, I was doing so well that I did not need to worry about the fillings.

I had undiagnosed lyme disease for at least 10 years before I got tested for lyme. Still, under the care of this Burrascano type doctor, I became symptom free iin 8 months.

I had many metal fillings and crowns and root canals before getting to him. Lyme had given me severe dental pain which led to my dentist giving me 2 root canals that did not stop the dental pain at all! (It was all from lyme disease.) So, every case is different. That's why you try treatment FIRST to see if you make good progress.

If that is the only filling you have, I would not think anymore about it UNLESS it is causing you pain or some other symptom.

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Worst thing I did was remove the one large metal filling I had. The replacement substance was MUCH worse for me (allergies).

If it doesn't hurt, I wouldn't touch it. My naturopathic doctor and a dentist told me if it's an older filling, it's leaked whatever it's going to already.

I wish I had listened to their warning. I was in 6 years of dental hell, financial hell and pain after having mine removed.

I didn't remove a small, metal one and I'm so glad I left it alone. It's over 30 years old and I still healed from Lyme.

Good luck. I wish I could get the metal ones again. The gold ones last for years and are antibacterial, but it's difficult to find a dentist who does those anymore.

If it's really driving you nuts, you could have it removed and have them not fill it anything. That's what I did on another tooth with a small filling on the side. You just need to keep it very clean.

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If you're worried about mercury, I probably wouldn't even touch it unless you have problems improving (agree with TF). Have you been tested for heavy metals yet? If not, you might start there.

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