I have 5 white fillings in my teeth. The same dentist that I have now placed all the fillings. The last cleaning and exam I had showed that I needed 1 new filling. I got it filled yesterday, and it’s silver! Why, out of the blue and without telling me, would the dentist put a silver filling in my mouth? It’s dark, and I hate it!
I was furious. I didn’t even think to ask my dentist what type of filling he was using because all of my other fillings are white. I tried to be calm when I asked about it, but he could tell I was upset. The craziest part about it is that he gave me no explanation even though I asked for one. He said I should give it a few months, and I will probably get used to it because you can’t see it unless I open my mouth wide. He added that if I really don’t like it, he can remove it next year. What am I supposed to do about this because I am opposed to having silver fillings? – Tamara from Delaware
Tamara – Your dentist should tell you the type of fillings he is using in your teeth—or whatever they use in your mouth. And you have a right to be concerned that your dentist did not tell you.
You can speak to your dentist about why you do not want amalgam fillings and why you are so disappointed with the amalgam (silver) filling you received. You can ask your dentist to remove the filling and replace it with a white composite filling. Your dentist will likely understand and grant your request.
Although it will be an additional expense for you if your dentist does not replace the filling, you can find a dentist who only uses composite fillings. Explain your situation, and ask the dentist to replace
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