I wanted to get a tooth colored filling for my cavity, but my dentist doesn’t do those. He says the old ones are better. Should I insist or just get the silver ones?
Brittany – Kansas
I would say no to both your questions. Here’s why.
If you insist, it means your pressuring your dentist to do something he doesn’t have the training to do. The “old” fillings are definitely not better. He’s likely just saying that because he doesn’t have the training to do the procedure. It’s a more complicated technique and getting it wrong will cause you lots of problems.
I also don’t think you shoule give in and get a sub par treatment just because your dentist hasn’t kept up with his chosen field. First, silver (amalgam) fillings weaken your tooth structure. Second, they’re made mostly of mercury, whIch I doubt you want to put in your body.
If I were in your place, I’d find a mercury free dentist. They know how to do white (composite) fillings.
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