I got a cavity on one of my front teeth. I told my dentist that I wanted one of those white fillings. He told me that they were bad for my teeth and that I needed amalgam. I did some research and I really think a white fiiling is what I want. I thought I’d read up on them pretty thoroughly, but when I talked to my dentist about them a second time, he made me feel like an idiot. He asked me where I received my dental degree. I felt quite stupid. I know he’s right, but I really don’t want those silver filling on my front teeth. Can I make it look white?
Lindsey H – Montana
It really burns my hide when those in the medical community bully patients with their degrees. As it turns out, you, without a dental degree, had more comprehension about fillings than your condescending dentist does. Feel free to show him this response to your post, so he can learn.
What you are more than likely facing is a dentist who is too proud to tell you he does’t know a procedure. Placing composite fillings (white fillings) wasn’t taught in dental schools until very recently. There are still some schools that don’t teach it. It’s a complicated bonding process. As a result, many dentists don’t know how to place them so they bash them and stand by amalgam fillings, because “that is how it has always been done before”.
Composite fillings, are NOT bad for your teeth. In fact, they are better for your teeth than amalgam fillings. While amalgam fillings tend to weaken a tooth, composite fillings help strengthen the tooth, because of the way they are bonded.
Plus, amalgam fillings are loaded with mercury. I don’t know anyone, doctors and dentists included, who would be happy about shoving mercury into their mouths.
You can click on this link to read more about white fillings and why they are actually better than amalgam fillings to show your dentist as well.
After reading the page, if you or your dentist have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
By the way, don’t guilt your dentist into doing the procedure. The bonding process takes some time to learn. I’d rather you go to a different dentist, who is familiar with composites,
This blog is brought to you by Downer’s Grove Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Karen Blair.