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My dentist put xtra silver filling on back molars?

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Posted by: rachel2234  (7 years ago)
Hi! I have a rather interesting situation. Earlier this year I went in to fill a small cavity. During the procedure, my dentist said that I have very deep grooves in my back molars and putting extra silver filling over them would help protect them from future cavities.

I didn't really have any reason to doubt her, though it did sound odd. She just kind of did it, not giving me a chance to react anyway. Now I have 3 back teeth with a whole bunch of silver covering them, though it is entirely unnecessary. I'm switching dentists, obviously.

My questions:

Is there any reason I should be concerned about this? Is there any way it could harm my teeth if I don't get these removed? I'm a college student so if insurance didn't cover this (and I can't imagine it would) I don't have the money to do it at least not right now.

I'm really concerned that this could somehow affect my teeth causing future problems down the road. If this is the case, obviously something needs to be done to remove them. I really don't want my otherwise healthy molars to have issues! I'm only 20!

Should I contact the dentist and ask that she remove it herself? Isn't there some kind of precaution you're supposed to take when removing these kinds of fillings because of the mercury?

Thank you for your advice!
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Dentist
Hi! I have a rather interesting situation. Earlier this year I went in to fill a small cavity. During the procedure, my dentist said that I have very deep grooves in my back molars and putting extra silver filling over them would help protect them from future cavities.

I didn't really have any reason to doubt her, though it did sound odd. She just kind of did it, not giving me a chance to react anyway. Now I have 3 back teeth with a whole bunch of silver covering them, though it is entirely unnecessary. I'm switching dentists, obviously.

My questions:

Is there any reason I should be concerned about this? Is there any way it could harm my teeth if I don't get these removed? I'm a college student so if insurance didn't cover this (and I can't imagine it would) I don't have the money to do it at least not right now.

I'm really concerned that this could somehow affect my teeth causing future problems down the road. If this is the case, obviously something needs to be done to remove them. I really don't want my otherwise healthy molars to have issues! I'm only 20!

Should I contact the dentist and ask that she remove it herself? Isn't there some kind of precaution you're supposed to take when removing these kinds of fillings because of the mercury?

Thank you for your advice!


Why on earth would you be so upset about your dentist that you want to leave him?

Why on earth would you think your molars would be harmed by silver fillings? I am sure he would not have done them if there were no decay!

Why on earth would you want the trauma of removing a silver filling, and more trauma putting a leaky resin filling in the space?

If silver fillings are so dangerous, don't you think my assistant and I would be the ones that would be sick, since we handle the stuff all day long?

Go somewhere besides internet scare-sites to read about silver fillings. (Try my website or the ADA's.)By the way, if you are so scared of mercury, please never eat any tuna or whitefish.
Posted 7 years ago
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Posted by: rachel2234  (7 years ago)
Thanks for your response, although I think the way you presented it is a little less than professional. I respect your views about mercury and appreciate your taking the time to reply.

Unfortunately I'm still dealing with this issue and I can understand why people have a hard time believing it. There is no decay on my back teeth where my dentist put the silver filling. She said she put the filling there to protect my teeth from further cavities, but not because they have cavities already because they have "deep grooves." I'm not sure what to do to resolve this.

If anyone else can give insight into this, I would appreciate it.
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Thanks for your response, although I think the way you presented it is a little less than professional. I respect your views about mercury and appreciate your taking the time to reply.

Unfortunately I'm still dealing with this issue and I can understand why people have a hard time believing it. There is no decay on my back teeth where my dentist put the silver filling. She said she put the filling there to protect my teeth from further cavities, but not because they have cavities already because they have "deep grooves." I'm not sure what to do to resolve this.

If anyone else can give insight into this, I would appreciate it.


Of course there is no decay where there is now the silver filling. The question is: was there decay in the tooth before the silver filling was placed? No one except your dentist can know that.

Perhaps your dentist used a silver colored glass ionomer to seal the grooves of your teeth, and not amalgam. A product of that sort is made, and a few dentists use it instead of the more common BIS-GMA resin sealants. Silver amalgam is not viscous enough to use to seal teeth. But again, if she did use silver glass ionomer, I do not understand why you think it is injuring your teeth.
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