I think I’ve asked my dentist to do something he wasn’t ready for. I needed a filling and really wanted a white filling. He reluctantly agreed. I will admit I pressured him. Here’s what is going on. When I clench my teeth, everything is fine. But, when I bite something crunchy I get this zing of pain. My dentist has no idea what’s going on. Have you heard of this?
This seems to be an issue with dentists inexperienced with composite fillings. For some reason, it is more common with small fillings where the filling is bonded to the dentin.
There is a solution for it, though it will mean the filling will have to be re-done. Hopefully, you have a dentist who is open to learning. Though, it does worry me that your dentist isn’t caught up on updated advancements in dental fillings.
With these fillings, it is helpful to have a glass isomer base under the filling to protect the dentist. This will keep you from feeling that zing with certain foods.
Some dentists are okay learning from patients and others are offended. If you find yours falls in the offended category, I’ll suggest you see a dentist who is well-versed in composite bonding. Do a quick internet search for a mercury-free dentist. They place white fillings exclusively and will know exactly what to do.
You May Want a New Dentist
One thing which is important with any medical profession is continuing education. You want your dentist to be up to date on the latest research as well as the new treatment options.
There have been significant developments in crown and dental implant options in recent years as well, making use of zirconia instead of metal based options. This is great for people with metal sensitivities. Again, though, if your dentist doesn’t keep up, he’ll never know.
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