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Silver fillings for minor cavities

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Posted by: getreal  (8 years ago)
Hello!

I’ve never been to the dentist for the past 15 years because of financial issues. Luckily, I never had any problem with my teeth; no pain, no visible cavities, no sensitivity. Last week, I went to the dentist for teeth cleaning. She said I have three minor cavities that need to be fixed. I went back to her the next day. She put silver fillings on them. (two molars on the top left side and a second molar on the bottom right side). Now, I feel like I have giant silver teeth. Is it right to put a silver filling on small cavities? The dentist did not ask me to decide on what type of filling should be put in my cavities. When I asked him about it after his work, he said metal filling is good at keeping the cavities from spreading. Any thoughts about this? Many thanks in advance.
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Posted by: ghnane  (8 years ago)
Hello,
The dentist should have asked you first. There is no scientific evidence claiming that amalgam fillings prevents cavities from spreading. Many dentists are abandoning the silver filling due to esthetic reasons. Although amalgam restorations tend to last longer patients do not like how it looks.

For small cavities composite fillings are just as good when done correctly. The reason some dentists do not like using composite is because it is technique specific. But when done correctly composite fillings can last for a longer time.
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Hello!

I’ve never been to the dentist for the past 15 years because of financial issues. Luckily, I never had any problem with my teeth; no pain, no visible cavities, no sensitivity. Last week, I went to the dentist for teeth cleaning. She said I have three minor cavities that need to be fixed. I went back to her the next day. She put silver fillings on them. (two molars on the top left side and a second molar on the bottom right side). Now, I feel like I have giant silver teeth. Is it right to put a silver filling on small cavities? The dentist did not ask me to decide on what type of filling should be put in my cavities. When I asked him about it after his work, he said metal filling is good at keeping the cavities from spreading. Any thoughts about this? Many thanks in advance.


The longevity of silver fillings over composite in back teeth is unquestioned. In my experience, patients tend to have greater sensitivity issues with resin fillings.

If the fillings were small, why do you feel you have "giant silver teeth?" Who the heck sees the chewing surfaces of your upper molars anyway, unless you have your mouth wide open looking at something in the sky?
Posted 8 years ago
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Posted by: Novocaine  (8 years ago)
Hello!

I’ve never been to the dentist for the past 15 years because of financial issues. Luckily, I never had any problem with my teeth; no pain, no visible cavities, no sensitivity. Last week, I went to the dentist for teeth cleaning. She said I have three minor cavities that need to be fixed. I went back to her the next day. She put silver fillings on them. (two molars on the top left side and a second molar on the bottom right side). Now, I feel like I have giant silver teeth. Is it right to put a silver filling on small cavities? The dentist did not ask me to decide on what type of filling should be put in my cavities. When I asked him about it after his work, he said metal filling is good at keeping the cavities from spreading. Any thoughts about this? Many thanks in advance.


Hey,

Amalgam fillings can be affordable but I agree they can be hard on the eyes. Regardless, your dentist definitely could have been professional enough to check what your preferences were, aesthetically. All said and done, your amalgam fillings would last you a very long time (irrespective of the size of your cavity) compared to the composites and save you money in the longer run.

You can always have the silver drilled out and re-filled with a composite but I'd advise against it. Unfortunate as they might seem, try and see if you can get used to it. Good luck!

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Posted by: Novocaine  (8 years ago)
If the fillings were small, why do you feel you have "giant silver teeth?" Who the heck sees the chewing surfaces of your upper molars anyway, unless you have your mouth wide open looking at something in the sky?

Wow, that was totally unwarranted, Dr Henry. Why so bitter?
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If the fillings were small, why do you feel you have "giant silver teeth?" Who the heck sees the chewing surfaces of your upper molars anyway, unless you have your mouth wide open looking at something in the sky?

Wow, that was totally unwarranted, Dr Henry. Why so bitter?


How can cavities be "minor" and be "giant silver teeth" at the same time?

Look in the mirror. Can you see the occlusal surfaces of your upper molars, unless you open very wide and tip your head upwards?

Soon, white fillings back to 3rd molars will be a constitutional right.
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