Before all the quarantine nonsense hit we were supposed to go in for a small filling. We’re putting it off because our dental office is closed except for dental emergencies. This has given me some time to do some research and I’m coming up against conflicting opinions. I originally wanted white fillings for my son, but the dentist said they always fall out on children. I resigned myself to the fact that we’d need the silver ones. But, since being at home, I’ve read online that children can have white fillings. I’m not trying to be an internet dentist, but is it possible my dentist was wrong?
The answer to your question is a yes and no. While children can have white fillings, it is possible your dentist would not be able to provide them for them. The bonding procedure for white fillings is different than the old silver fillings.
One of the differences is the composite needs to stay completely dry when it is being placed. With some children, their wiggliness makes that a challenge. That’s not to say that something is wrong with those children. They’re supposed to be wiggly.
However, you combine a dentist inexperienced with white fillings along with a wiggly little one and you can see why he’s had trouble keeping them in on his more youthful patients.
My recommendation is you see a family dentist who is used to placing composite fillings. One way to find them is to do an internet search with the term “mercury-free dentist“. These dentists only place white fillings, so they’ll have plenty of experience with the new bonding procedures.
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