I’m in a lot of pain and need some advice. My dentist convinced me to get rid of my old amalgam fillings. However, when we removed them, two of the teeth needed crowns instead of new fillings because there was more decay. Now, the teeth with crowns are killing me. I asked my dentist to refund me but she won’t. Instead, she said she wants to see what’s going on with them. I don’t trust her and think she just talked me into the crowns without anything being wrong. I went to a new dentist to get the crowns replaced, but he said he wants to wait until the nerves calm down so he doesn’t cause more of a problem. What do I do? Did I make a mistake replacing these fillings?
First, I don’t think you made a mistake replacing your old amalgam fillings. You may not know this but the main ingredient in amalgam (silver) fillings is mercury. Many dentists and patients are uncomfortable placing or leaving a known neurotoxin in a patient’s body. Though, I will add the American Dental Association considers them safe.
Getting mercury-free composite fillings gives many patients peace of mind that they no longer have mercury in their mouths. However, you had another reason to replace at least two of these. There is growing decay underneath the fillings. If that spreads, it could easily turn into a dental emergency. Being proactive prevents that.
As for your crowns, you have three problems going on. First, you’re in pain. You don’t want to continue this way. However, your second issue is you don’t trust the dentist who did them. This is unfortunate. I haven’t heard anything which makes me think she is unethical. It could be simply a matter of the dental crowns being seated too high. If she’s willing to try and fix them at her cost, that seems trustworthy to me.
However, the dentist-patient relationship does require trust to work well. On that basis alone you would be better served with another dentist in the future. That leads me to your third problem the second dentist.
I have no idea why the “new” dentist is insisting that the nerves calm down first. That is not at all necessary. My guess is he is not comfortable with the procedure. However, it is such a standard procedure, that I’m shocked he doesn’t understand how it works.
Because of that, if you’re not willing to let your current dentist try and fix it, then you need to find a third dentist. Check their reviews before going so you don’t waste any more time.
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