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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