Dental Problems

Tooth Filling Side Effects

Nursing-CariesTooth filling is done to cover the tooth cavities with different material such as amalgams, etc. Tooth Filling Side Effects depend on the type of filling material used. Tooth filling side effects may vary from one patient to other. In this article, there is a brief discussion on the various side effects due to tooth fillings.

Side effects of tooth

The tooth filling side effects are as follows.

  • Oral galvanism:

    It is a condition, in which an individual’s fillings acts like a battery when exposed to the saliva, and when an electric current is passed inside the mouth, it results results in an allergy-like response. Shocks are passed throughout the mouth and in the teeth upon introduction of the metallic objects (food utensils).

  • Some other oral side effects due to the amalgam fillings are periodontal disease, gingivitis, tooth loss and multiple root canals.
  • Reproductive side effects:

    Exposure to mercury in the dental amalgams have raised certain questions of reproductive disorders which have been associated with the mercury poisoning such as problematic menopause, difficulties conceiving, miscarriage, birth defects, infertility and hot flashes.

  • Skin rashes:

    Some patients may develop allergic skin rashes due to an allergic response to the filling material.

  • Neurological:

    Patients who have dental amalgams are exposed to mercury, leading to many neurological diseases. Some of these include ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), Lou Gehrig’s disease, various learning disabilities, myasthenia gravis, Parkinson’s disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Hormonal/Enzymatic:

    Some side effects associated with tooth fillings with amalgams include multiple chemical sensitivities, problems with the endocrine system, leaky-gut syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, allergies, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis and environmental sensitivities.

The above listed are some of the tooth filling side effects. Thus, before going for the tooth fillings, it is better that you discuss about the type of fillings and their advantages and disadvantages with the dentists. After the tooth fillings, if you experience any discomfort or allergies immediately consult your dentists for an early and better treatment.

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