I have a new white filling. It’s not very big. My dentist usually places the silver ones, but I was looking for something mercury-free. I sort of insisted and now I’m wondering if I made a mistake to push him. When I bite down, there is no pain. However, if I chew on something hard, there is a sharp pain. My dentist doesn’t know what to do. Any ideas?
While white composite fillings are superior to their silver amalgam counterparts, there are still dentists catching up with the technology. The problem for patients is the bonding process is completely different than what he was used to. It’s also not likely he’d know how to fix any problems which arise.
This is a phenomenon that sometimes happens with composite fillings. The curious thing is it happens more with small fillings than large ones. There is a solution. While sometimes it goes away on its own, most patients do not want to wait on that. One option is to replace the filling which could solve the pain. However, the definite way to get rid of it is when the filling is replaced, have the dentist place a glass isomer between the filling and the dentin. Problem solved. Pain gone.
You will be better served with your next cavity to go to a mercury-free dentist or even a holistic dentist. Both will be more likely to understand the bonding procedures. Though you don’t have to completely switch dentists, you could just go to another one when you need a filling, I truly believe it is important for medical professionals to keep up with their field. I’m not sure this is the best dentist for you.
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