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Bad Filling

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Posted by: sabertooth  (3 years ago)
Hello,

If a filling is done poorly and it develops a cavity underneath the filling just a few months after the original procedure, should the same dentist treat the tooth free of charge?

How can a patient go about requesting no charge?

Thanks so much for your advice!
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Dentist
Hello,

If a filling is done poorly and it develops a cavity underneath the filling just a few months after the original procedure, should the same dentist treat the tooth free of charge?

How can a patient go about requesting no charge?

Thanks so much for your advice!


Depends. If a patient is a high-risk caries patient, like one whose salivary glands have been disabled by radiotherapy, probably not.

In all likelihood, probably you had a resin filling at or under the gums on a back tooth, which was a mistake to start with. The resin many times does not polymerize in the deepest part. It leaks, and decays rapidly. A good reason to have silver amalgam or gold fillings in back teeth.

Have an honest talk with your dentist about how it might have happened.
Posted 3 years ago
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As I am specialized in this profession, I would suggest this can happen from time to time with fillings, especially on molars that take excessive chewing forces. After a bite adjustment it could take a couple of weeks for the tooth to settle down. If the discomfort continues I would have the dentist take it out and place a sedative filling. This will tell you whether the nerve is fine or whether it will need a root canal. If the fillings are not high and the doctor say it is not your bite, than we should look at some other possibilities which could cause this type of pain. Your doctor could try to use a sealant to be sure the bonding of the tooth occurred. Amalgam, composite, porcelain and or gold have been common materials to fill holes or cavities in teeth.
Posted 3 years ago
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