question: Hello, just had a metal filling replaced and after the fact found out my dentist no longer uses metal but white resin. I was shocked that white was used without even informing me and now 10 days later tooth hurts along with being insanely sensitive and having to take ibuprofen all day. Just saw him today and he says even though a new X-ray shows my filling isn't that close to nerve that I need a route canal right away. I am shocked because the metal filing I had for 10 years never bugged me and only had a small crack that occasional food got stuck on and now because of my dentist wanting to do a preventative filling I am looking at a route canal and crown. He swears that the white resin has nothing to do with my sensitivity but I was told by a friend who just had the same thing happen that her dentist said white resin is my prone to hurting the pulp and causing this problem leading to a route canal. Should I be upset my dentist never even told me he was doing a white in place metal? I have used Jim for 7 years and turn down white and go for the metal for my entire family every time because we can afford it. I feel like he should has informed me he was using white which I would have rejected again and should have told me that there is a higher risk of the white making my tooth more sensitive and leading to future problems. Should I be upset??? I am confused and don't know what to do. He have me a prescription to start on mess for route canal he wants me to schedule tomorrow but I don't know if I can trust him. Once I do the route canal I will be forced to fork over the $500 for the crown and I can't afford it. I feel like by him using this white resin he has caused damage that can not be taken back. Thank you. Michael

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 20 - January - 2013, at 19:27 PM

  • It is very unfortunate that you  had pain after getting the filling changed. I do agree that dentist should have asked you about type of fillling you want as you were having metal filling before. But the resin filling are very advanced and good fillings and are miles ahead of metal fillings. The resin fillings donot cause any pain as they are quite tooth friendly. May be in your case as you have written, in metal filling there was small crack and food impaction was there, which was causing problem, However you were not feeling it as the crack was filled with fermented food particles. If you are not very happy with you dentist then you can take second opinion. Sometimes sensation is there because of high filling which can be easily taken care. For more info on resin fillings you can read this article...

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