I had some composite fillings put in, but I’m having a lot of pain with them. My teeth were in great condition until my third pregnancy. For some reason after that my teeth when crazy and all of a sudden I had four cavities. I asked for the composite fillings because I wanted them to match my teeth. Its been two weeks and I still have problems with chewing. There is pain when I chew. The dental office has checked my bite, and it is fine. Can you think of anything that could be causing this problem?
Sandy, from Minnesota
Before I can give you a definitive answer I just need to be certain that you’re having pain when you chew and not when you bite. There is a difference and it will determine what is wrong.
If you’ve got pain when you bite, then adjusting your bite will make sense. However, if you’ve got pain when you chew, then the problem is with the bonding procedure itself. It means your fillings were likely not bonded on properly and will have to be re-done.
I recommend you not have them re-done by the same dentist. Not only did this dentist not do them properly, but they couldn’t properly diagnose the problem. There is no guarantee that when it is done again, you’ll have any better results. The bonding process on white fillings is quite complicated and generally takes a lot of post-graduate training. Look on the mynewsmile.com website. Anyone the recommend from your area as an expert cosmetic dentist will be able to very competently handle the bonding procedure.
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