I’m tired of going to the dentist because my tooth fillings are too high. I want to change dentists because I chose this dentist who advertised as being holistic, but he can’t get my white fillings right. I had three silver fillings replaced with white ones, and my dentist keeps sanding them, but they don’t feel right when I chew. If he keeps sanding, the fillings will be too low. All the sanding makes the fillings rough, too. I can’t give up and do nothing because an uneven bite is uncomfortable. Should I give my dentist another chance or just move on? Thank you. Pilar from Philadelphia
Thank you for contacting Dr. Delaune’s office and sharing your experience. We understand the frustration of getting uncomfortable dental fillings.
Why Are Your Tooth Fillings Too High?
If your tooth fillings are too high, one of these reasons may be the cause:
- Overfilling the tooth
- Failing to adjust your bite correctly
- Failing to check your bite
What Are the Symptoms of a High Tooth Filling?
When a tooth filling is too high, the opposing tooth (top or bottom) will strike it with more force when you bite or chew. The ongoing pressure irritates your tooth ligament. You may feel tooth sensitivity, pain, or discomfort when chewing when your teeth are at rest.
Should You Switch Dentists?
If your dentist lacks the skill or technique to restore your teeth correctly with dental composite, you may need to switch dentists. Although your dentist respects your wishes for mercury-free fillings, faulty work will create tooth irritation that can lead to an infection. A persistent infection will require root canal treatment.
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We recommend looking for a skilled cosmetic dentist who uses biocompatible dental materials and advanced cosmetic dentistry techniques. Even if the dentist does not advertise services as holistic, you will get quality, comfortable cosmetic fillings.
Metairie, Louisiana, cosmetic dentist Dr. Duane Delaune sponsors this post.