I needed a filling. This would be my third. I told my dentist this time I wanted a composite filling so it would match my teeth. He said they’re not as strong as the silver fillings, but I insisted. I think he may have been right because my white filling has fallen out twice. So far, he’s put them back on for free, but he said this is the last time and then I’ll have to get the silver one. Why do they keep falling out? Am I doing something wrong? I haven’t heard of this with others.
Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Well, in this case, it’s not you, it’s the dentist. It sounds like you have an old school dentist who hasn’t learned the proper way to bond the newer technology.
Amalgam (silver) fillings and composite fillings have totally different bonding methods because of the differences in the materials used. Your dentist is incorrect in his assumption that the newer fillings aren’t as strong. While he may have fillings which constantly fall out, when composite fillings are done properly, they’re actually stronger than their amalgam counterparts.
So, the only thing you can do here is to ask for a refund and see a mercury-free dentist. They’ll be able to properly bond on your filling where it will stay for it’s lifetime.
What’s a Mercury-Free Dentist?
The name pretty much says it all. Mercury-free dentists will only use material that contains no mercury. The reason I’m suggesting them for your filling is because the main ingredient in silver/amalgam fillings is mercury. Because these dentists won’t work with mercury, they only place white composite fillings.
They’ll have lots of experience with the materials and know the proper bonding procedure. Your composite fillings will stay.
If you didn’t previously know that amalgam fillings are mostly mercury, the thought likely makes you uncomfortable. You should know that the American Dental Association (ADA) still considers them safe. However, it is understandable if you don’t want mercury in your body.
In that case, you can simply ask the dentist who will place your new filling if he does a sanitary amalgam removal. If he or she says yes, you can request he switch your fillings out.
Don’t put this off. If your filling falls off again and you wait, your tooth is vulnerable and very likely to develop a tooth infection.
Best of luck.
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