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4/8/07 2:15 A

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mercury poisoning..not going to happen because you get metal fillings, very badly needed metal fillings. this is something that gets safer. they do not even use the mercury you are worried about. take care of yourself so you can enjoy your baby.

 
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4/4/07 10:52 P

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I had metal filling for 25 years (I stopped smoking a couple of years ago and bleached my teeth and my dentist replaced all with composits). Honestly, I would never have had them changed but my dentist talked me into it...the amount of metal that goes into the fillings in nothing, the amount of metals you get from eating seafood is far greater than the risk of a couple of fillings...

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Some blunders and

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4/4/07 10:08 P

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Wow, LADYWITHBABY - you've had quite some experiences with dentists. I've been blessed to have found a great dentist who I've been with for many, many years - his whole staff is wonderful. I sure hope you find someone you can be comfortable with and who you can trust, both of which are super important, I think. Good luck!

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4/4/07 12:33 P

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When we first moved to the city where we've now lived for 20-plus years, I went to two complete quacks for dentists before finding a really great one, which my husband and I plus two sons are still going to. One of the quacks was this kind of new-agey person, who had changed her last name to Brightleaf, if you can possibly believe that. She put in a filling, which hurt constantly for the next few weeks. When I called to complain/ask for help, she told me that teeth "evolve" and that she was sure the pain would end -- sometime. Sheesh. We finally found the good dentist through a personal recommendation, which may be the best way. I would ask everyone I know: people at work, people at church, people at school-- whatever -- for their recommendations. One other possibility is calling the local dental society (usually on the county level) and explaining a little bit about what you've been through and asking for a recommendation. Good luck. What you've been through is really terrible, and such a time and money suck. My heart goes out to you.

 
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4/4/07 11:38 A

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I don't blame you for being paranoid with what you've been through.

There are plenty of dentists out there that are scammers. At 13 my mom had a dentist tell her I needed fillings, 4 to be exact. He told her I had air pockets and they needed to be filled. Only later when I was training to be a dental assistant, did I find out, air pockets are normal and they don't cause any problems. So yeah, he scammed my mom and got paid from the insurance for a totally unecessary procedure.

I would suggest finding someone and checking them out with the American Dental Association. They keep records on dentists who are licensed and the ones with problems. That would be a good place to start.

Since dental materials are so expensive, you have dentists that will cut corners. Unfortunately it's the patient that pays in the long run.

I'm really sorry about the bad experiences you've had in the past. I really hope that you can find someone who will do the right thing and get your problems resolved.

If you give me the town where you live, I can ask one of my dentists if they're familiar with anyone in that area.

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4/4/07 11:21 A

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I guess now that everybody thinks I'm a total nutcase. I have SERIOUS dental issues.

I have had a series of crooked dentists all coming highly recommended from friends, dental referral companies, insurance lists etc and the last one was the worst.

My husband's job (military) has us moving every 2 years or so, so it leaves you searching for new dental care you can trust every 2 years, often with no friends or family to get referrals from. Stressful!

Several years ago, right after we got married I had to visit a dentist that said I had a couple of cavities...fine I had gone 25 years without a single cavity so okay...we used composite fillings because of some concerns over the mercury content.

I went in 7 times because I was constantly in pain and 2 of the fillings cracked on me in the first month. I had one fall out on vacation only 3 month after being put in. This was a new dentist for me as I was new to the area and checked with several wives in my husband's squadron and many of them saw him, and seemed to be a reputable dentist.

I ended up seeing him 12 times in 6 months for the same 4 fillings. I felt that was excessive and I was no longer comfortable with him.

I thought maybe bad luck and gave him the benefit of the doubt. I continued to have problems and after 6 months I went to request my dental records be transferred to another dentist I had found. I went to the office unannounced to request the records transfer and his office was closed. An notice was up saying that he had his license suspended and all dental records had been confiscated and were part of a trial.

Apparently the dude was charged with insurance fraud, gross medical malpractice and doing unauthorized/unnecessary work. He was also accused of using inferior products as fillers in fillings etc. He had 2 women sue him over leaving cotton rolls stuffed up their root canals, and other nightmares.

We moved cross country just a couple weeks after the discovery and was unable to get my dental records. A couple weeks later I discovered I was pregnant, started having problems and spent the next 6 months on bedrest until my daughter was born. A similar pregnancy followed and my son was born 20 months later. We moved right after he was born which brings me to this current address and again I'm looking for a reputable dentist.

The dental experience where all this occured is what has got me scared. Maybe some of my insane ramblings make more sense now.




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4/4/07 11:00 A

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The best way to handle this is to consult with your dentist. Voice all your questions/concerns about getting the filling. If you're not reassured after your meeting, get a second or even a third opinion.

Also remember you can't trust the stuff you read on the internet. Anybody can post something on the internet without proof or facts to support their stories. You must consult a professional and check and double check before taking this stuff as truth. I personally have never heard of these dangers. I've gotten fillings since I was a kid (now 31) and have never experienced problems as a result.

Your paranoia may be deeper than just getting fillings. You may want to talk to someone about these overwhelming fears you are having. You may find out that your obsessiveness toward fillings are really a result of something more serious.

I hope that you will overcome this and get the help you need. The only alternative to getting a filling is to get the teeth pulled out! You can't continue to go on like this. Eventually the tooth will decay and you'll end up losing it anyways. Not to mention you may also be causing damage to your gums and nerves. This will open up a whole new can of worms. I advise you to address it before it's too late.

May you be granted the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
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I'm not sure where you've been getting your information but I'm a trained dental assistant. Let me try to help clear up some of your fears for you.

1) Amalgam(metal fillings) do not contain any significant amount of mercury. I've had metal fillings for years with no side effects. However, metal fillings leak and crack. The metal can also stress the tooth causing the tooth to crack or break. Most dentists are reluctant to use these fillings anymore.

2)I'm not sure what kind of dentist you had put your composite fillings in but composite fillings are quite strong and whatever stress you put on the tooth should not cause the filling to crack or break. My advice to you is to find a new dentist.

3)You seem to still be a grinder. I'm a grinder. You should consider getting a nightguard. This will help with not breaking your teeth, grinding off the enamel, and/or breaking your fillings.

Hope this helps

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4/4/07 10:22 A

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I've had sealants put on since I was in junior high and had them replaced every year or so (it's very high reapplication). Now it's a non issue I guess. There's not much to protect back there.

I guess I just need some reassurance that I'm not going to be diagnosed with a major disease or mercury poisioning six months from now.

I never had any fillings until I hit college so the dental hygiene is good it's was just the lack of enamal issue in the back. Now they have white fillings that don't hold up to the chewing stress and I have to have traditional fillings put in.

I'm so scared of the mercury issue. I'm looking into doing a metal detox program following my dental work and maybe doing it twice a year after that.

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4/4/07 10:14 A

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I have a metal filling as well and I have had it for almost 10 years with no problems. Did the dentist never talk to you about putting a sealant on your teeth to protect from cavities? Its like an extra coat of enamal.

 
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I have no specific advice about fillings I have couple of them myself (metal) many, many years ago. I guese I'm ok. I trust in the Lord for care. Take a breath. Who is to say you will have any of those bad things happen you. I will tell you this last week I had to have a wisdom tooth pulled and I am a dentist chicken (the world #1 dentist chicken) My tooth broke over a year, and just started to hurt. I dreaded going to see the dentist. At the visit the assistant was so nice. I was lateral shaking in the dentist chair, and I said a prayer. The dentist came in and was nice so nice. He was gentle--told me take some deep breaths, and closed my eyes. (he didn't have to tell me to close my eyes, I did it automatically.) I guese I said all that to say this. I think you will be ok. My gum is healing up nicely. I will pray that God will comfort you thur this ordeal and give you peace.

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4/4/07 9:56 A

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Totally off topic but I need to unload some major fears here.

I have several teeth that currently have composite (white) fillings on my back teeth. They are not approved by most insurance for back teeth because it's not as strong on a chewing surface.

I had them put in a couple of years ago after having NO fillings and they only lasted a year before they started cracking and chipping. I'm now at a major health crossroads.

I'm so scared with all the "health scares" and warnings/danger surrounding mercury in fillings. I've read everything from mental disturbances to MS, cancer to alzheimers and allergies.

Insurance only covers 30% of the composite (white fillings) because it's not as strong as standard fillings and the last time I had it done it was a whopping $2500 in out of pocket for those couple fillings. They only lasted a year...I've been suffering for almost 2!

Because I have no enamel on my back teeth (years of grinding in high school and college) left me very susceptible to cavities because I have little to no enamel left on back teeth.

The only option left for me is to replace my fillings with regular metal fillings. I'm looking into doing a metal detox program after I have my teeth done.

I've been putting it off for a couple years. The white fillings actually cracked after the first year but when I got put on bedrest with my pregnancies I wasn't willing to have that extensive dental work done while I was pregnant NOR did I want metal fillings put in while I was nursing. My son just stopped nursing so I've hit that time when I must do something.

I've been in pain for the past 1 1/2 years and they do need to be replaced.

Someone,please calm me down about the need for metal fillings. I'm afraid of the "bad stuff" so much that I'm terrified and would almost rather my teeth rot out. Sorry so long guys, I'm totally paranoid.

I know most people have metal fillings and I don't know anybody personally that have health problems as a result that I'm aware of...It's just alarming that you type in information on dental fillings or amalgam fillings on the internet and it's all so scary.

What do ya'll think. I just need some reassurance that I'm going to have them put in and not be dianosed with MS six months later or lose my memory or something. Thanks guys!

I do know I'm totally neurotic and pathetic about this :)

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