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I thought it was better to leave amalgams alone, unless they are loose or eroding.
 

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They're slightly different from bones. My understanding is that they've been trying for years to MAKE them heal, but haven't been successful yet.<br><br>
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If you are determined, you can certainly try. I follow the WAP diet, and based on its principles of consuming large quantities of high mineral foods such as bone broth, liver, cod liver oil, and high vitamin butter oil, some people have claimed to see signs of reversal of their cavities and do report the cavities being "sealed" over with some sort of enamel. I have not experienced cavity reversal myself, but have had a cavity "on watch" for 4 years now with no progress of decay.<br><br>
But if you don't have a nutritional plan for the reversal of your cavities and are consuming a conventional diet, your cavities could get worse. Also consider the fact that amalgams don't bind to your teeth well and often, there's signs of new decay when they remove the amalgams so they may want to drill the decay away; they also drilled a considerable hole to put the amalgams in in the first place. Since I'm assuming good sized holes, you may not be able to afford to have any further decay since you could risk losing a tooth. Root canals are terrible for the health, so you won't want to go that route. Sorry, not trying to be pessimistic here, just want to make sure you are sure you know what you are getting into.<br><br>
DH is working on getting his 6 amalgam fillings out and we are getting muscle testing done to see what he is most biocompatible with.
 

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Small ones yes- that haven't been drilled out so that they have some structure left to work with.<br><br>
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I bet if you left the holes you would have more than just issues with hot and cold, at least with mine the holes were drilled down to the root and the nerve is exposed. I dont know if that is always the case but the thought of leaving the hole empty makes me cringe.<br><br><br>
Also that tooth would be extremly suseptable to being broken since most of the "meat" of the tooth is drilled out and the enamel is pertty much all that is left.
 

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As others said, most teeth that have been filled have been drilled and will have nerve exposure. So in addition to sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet foods/sensations, you will probably have pain (possibly significant), and would also run the risk of infection. I personally have had my amalgams replaced with composites as they have needed replacement (as they have cracked or chipped), but like a PP said, you can always try walking around with the holes and see what it gets you....
 

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Root canal procedures are also expensive... about $1000 here PLUS the cost of a crown. So the bigger the cavity, the more important the filling.<br><br>
If you don't like composite fillings, you can ask for ceramic (tooth colored!) or gold fillings. No mercury, no polymers.
 

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If anyone knows anything about this it would be this guy.<br><br><a href="http://www.toothandbodyconnection.com" target="_blank">www.toothandbodyconnection.com</a><br><br>
I would e-mail him and see what he says. He is going to be our new dentist. I know two people who go to him who give glowing reports on how nice he is.
 

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i came to this forum b/c im having problems with a tooth extraction but saw this post and had to respond.<br><br>
i had a root canal earlier this year. it was not fun but really more painful financially than anything else. the ins. co. paid close to $1k and we paid about $250 (our portion). i then needed to get a crown, but didnt realize this was going to cost another $1k and the ins. co. would only cover $300-400 of that. since i am trying to sahm right now, i couldnt afford to cover that...so i waited...with a tooth that only had a temp. filling. i was hoping to wait until Jan. but the tooth didnt make it. it cracked down the middle a week ago. i just had it removed yesterday. its the worst pain ive ever been in..i dont recommend leaving teeth without permanent filings in them at all.<br><br>
but this is just my experience. im posting my full issue in a sec. but wanted you to know that my tooth (large molar) didnt withstand no filling and this was only 10 months and it had a temp. filling in it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does anyone know if the drilled hole in a tooth will eventually close up on it's own? I want to get these amalgams taken out asap...and I don't want any other foreign matter stuffed in there either. I know there would probably be sensitivity to hot and cold, but I am willing to baby them for a few months if there is a good chance they will eventually heal over.<br>
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I'd replace the fillings. My DH didn't and now he needs dentures for his top teeth (and most likely all the bottom ones too by the time we save up enough [$3000 minimum] for his top dentures).<br><br>
His open areas where his fillings had been give him hot/cold sesitivies (in recent fillings that have fallen out the others have had the nerve go dead over time) he gets food stuck in his old cavity holes and has to eat with a toothpick at his side at all times. He's had teeth break OFF because he's bite down hard on something and it put too much pressure on a tooth that was not whole (ie: with the filling in). Now he can barely eat anything without taking twice as long as before because he is constantly using his toothpick to continue eating. If he doesn't get the food out from the holes it can cause an infection. He can no longer eat anything harder (like hard candy, STEAK, corn on the cob, carrots, or broccoli stems) because of the teeth that have broken off (not fallen out) from having the hole not refilled.<br><br><br>
So, just giving you a perspective.<br><br><br>
BTW, he's only 26.
 

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well, i did lose the tooth. yesterday. after it cracked down the middle last week. I was in ALOT of pain then too, even after the root canal. i still have nerves in my gums, etc. taht hurt. im not that well versed on all the nerves in your mouth, but i was in pain and couldnt eat much until i got to the dr. and i have been in excruciating pain since the extraction yesterday (it was teh very last molar)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">aisraeltax -- doesn't a root canal completely deaden the tooth? I could be way off, but I thought that it killed the nerve/pulp tissue inside. In that situation, I think I'd be stuck with keeping the prosthesis or losing the tooth completely. In my case, I've never had any inflammation or dental problems other than two invisible phantom cavities when I was 12.</div>
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With just 2 amalgams, you are lucky! go for a ceramic filling with glass ionomer cement to hold it in... no polymers, no mercury.<br><br>
The problem with leaving the hole open is that if the cavity gets bigger, you could end up with involvement of the root. Then you have extreme pain, infection, and a very expensive dental bill to fix it. A hole in the tooth will definately collect food and be hard to clean - the perfect recipe for the hole getting bigger.<br><br>
There is a "mainstream" link here you may find interesting.<br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_caries" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_caries</a>
 
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