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Old 26.11.2013, 10:01
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Re: Any dentists on here? Need advice!

If it is only a superficial cavity, it would not be causing any pain, so I would guess it is a true carious lesion. (hole) If you were my patient, I would suggest taking a simple x-ray to determine its depth and to treat it, before it gets into the nerve chamber.

A simple restoration is quick, relatively economic (in comparison to losing a tooth!) and in the right hands, painless.

My suggestion is to find a professional in your area and to NOT wait to long.
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Caries can be almost entirely controlled by diet (plus, of course, decent hygiene). And yes, minute caries lesions can be repaired by nature. Not quite new though. Actually it has been common knowledge for more than 50 years.
Quite agree with Captain Greybeard: caries can be controlled by a combination of diet and dental hygiene. This has been known for a while and most dentists, us included, put much emphasis on prevention. Tooth decay, though, is irreversible as enamel is not replaceable (it does remineralize).
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It seems to have improved. I occasionally get some discomfort when biting on hot food, but I haven't had the excruciating jaw pain since Sept.
Island Monkey, your case reminds me of the days back when I was teaching dental students: you give them just a little bit of information and let them theorize on the various possibilities. In your case, there could be at least 7 things that come to mind that could have gone 'wrong' and thus resulted in prolonged pain. You should have gone back to the dentist after the first day of pain; but that is in the past now. My advice is that you have the tooth checked out soon; that can be easily done when you go for dental cleaning next time if you don't want to make it a special trip (don't ignore the 6-month cleaning cycle!).
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sorry this is so off topic but i have been become very dental conscious these days and the latest trend is the results of research by Dr. price and watson /ramiel. Wholly diet based he claims to heal dental decay and even reverse caries.
any insight on this seems quite impossible but it seems very promising.
Sups, given your interest, I imagine you will enjoy this new research: http://www.dentistrytoday.com/todays...-than-fluoride

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Old 28.11.2013, 09:08
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Sups, given your interest, I imagine you will enjoy this new research: http://www.dentistrytoday.com/todays...-than-fluoride

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Sounds GOOD, especially since the study comes from San Antonio, which is my part of the world!
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Old 28.11.2013, 22:47
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Sups, given your interest, I imagine you will enjoy this new research: http://www.dentistrytoday.com/todays...-than-fluoride

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Ok so off to brush my teeth with chocolate….Yipeeeee
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Re: Any dentists on here? Need advice!

I have some questions about amalgam fillings and root canal treatments. I recently attended a clinic (Paramed Baar) to get a checkup and blood analysis, part of this is too see what if any deficiencies in vitamins, minerals or toxicology is causing fatigue. It could be old age creeping up on me but I am relatively fit and healthy. Anyways after completing a 20 page survey about my and family health history they recommended a dental checkup first as this can be a cause of toxicology in the body. The outcome being I have a few amalgam fillings, 2 old root canals and one dead tooth (all of which I knew about), the recommendation being to get all of the fillings removed and replaced and replace the teeth which have root canals with implants.

I have to say they were not trying to sell me a service as they would recommend dentists in other countries that would be cheaper.

The thinking behind this is with dead teeth (even with root canal treatment) your body is constantly trying to reject dead tissue and in doing so causes it to be in a constant state of mild stress or repair. Amalgam fillings have a bit of mercury in them which may effect the body.

Given this work is going to cost circa 10k I am trying to do bit of research on the plus and minus sides. This subject like Vax or Antivax for kids opens up a whole can of worms with two very divided camps, it is a tough call to make.

The science is still out on this and anecdotally there seems to be a benefit so what is your opinion? Has anyone had there amalgam fillings removed and want to share their experience?
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Re: Any dentists on here? Need advice!

Real evidence-based, peer-reviewed science is pretty clear on this: Just burning that money is much more fun. Unless you want to join the chem trail / tin foil hat faction, that is.

And yes, "anecdotally" is a good way to put it. I'm still waiting for one case after more than 40 years in the business with many thousand patients.
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Re: Any dentists on here? Need advice!

Anyone read this book and tried to do what's written there as an alternative to going to the dentist?

http://www.curetoothdecay.com/

Addition: sorry, I can see it's been covered to some extent already in this thread.
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Old 11.11.2015, 23:38
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Real evidence-based, peer-reviewed science is pretty clear on this: Just burning that money is much more fun. Unless you want to join the chem trail / tin foil hat faction, that is.

And yes, "anecdotally" is a good way to put it. I'm still waiting for one case after more than 40 years in the business with many thousand patients.
Just to be clear, you are saying that you have not seen anyone benefit from either amalgam filling or removing dead teeth in 40 years? I don't know or have an opinion at this stage which is why I am asking.
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Just to be clear, you are saying that you have not seen anyone benefit from either amalgam filling or removing dead teeth in 40 years?
That's what I'm saying.

Of course I saw quite a few cases where the extraction of a chronically infected dead tooth helped solve a health problem or two, but that was not because it was dead but because it was chronically infected.

And I also saw a few cases where the replacement of old amalgam fillings balanced the worn-out masticatory surfaces with some health benefits, but that was not a matter of removing the oh-so-poisonous amalgam, but of the purely topological balancing, which could have been achieved just as will and at a tiny fraction of the cost without tearing out anything.

What' more, I saw quite a few cases where the removal of old fillings without a scienticically responsible reason eventually killed nerves, which resulted in even more dead teeth, and various other problems.

All in all, way more problems caused than solved. But very profitable. I had the character strength to resist the temptation to jump on the band wagon, which, among other things, ruined my marriage, because my then wife totally disagreed.
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Captain Greybeard, we concur. We lost 5 patients (2 families) last year as Deniza refused to replace their perfectly ok amalgam feelings and pull out the perfectly fine teeth with root canals. Yes, we lost probably 15k, but she couldn't make herself "fix" something that was not broken and look herself in the mirror. But it hasn't affected our marriage - I am in Finance and Accounting and get the professional ethics and being able to sleep well at night. :-)
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Just to be clear, you are saying that you have not seen anyone benefit from either amalgam filling or removing dead teeth in 40 years? I don't know or have an opinion at this stage which is why I am asking.

RTN,


There are many alternative-medicine "experts" (I put them in quotes because I do not find them as such) out there that spread out rumors and theories, that are unsubstantiated or proven, yet they are presented as facts. This includes the book that another poster added to this thread. None of these theories are evidence-based.


Amalgam fillings and root canal treatments seem to be a favorite topic of such alternative way of dentistry. Yet study after study (the peer-reviewed type of studies) has not been able to come up with any harmful effects of amalgam fillings. Sure, they contain mercury, BUT research has shown that you need about 300 such fillings before even a slight symptom is felt from mercury toxicity.


The US FDA has looked at the scientific evidence and concluded that amalgam fillings are safe. Here is their response to your question:


"If I am concerned about the mercury in dental amalgam, should I have my fillings removed?


If your fillings are in good condition and there is no decay beneath the filling, FDA does not recommend that you have your amalgam fillings removed or replaced. Removing sound amalgam fillings results in unnecessary loss of healthy tooth structure, and exposes you to additional mercury vapor released during the removal process.
However, if you believe you have an allergy or sensitivity to mercury or any of the other metals in dental amalgam (such as silver, tin, or copper), you should discuss treatment options with your dentist."


http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Pr.../ucm171094.htm


The attacks on root canal treatments are even more bizarre, given the alternatives are worse - putting an implant (the best of these options), putting a bridge, or leaving the space empty.


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