White Fillings from Pediatric Dentist Hurt

It’s been 4 months since my 13 yr old daughter received white fillings from her pediatric dentist and they still hurt when she chews. I told the dentist about it and at first, she said that it would take time for the fillings to bond to my daughter’s teeth and she might have some discomfort. Now she says she can drill them out but there is a risk her teeth might crack. When the dentist was hesitant about using white fillings, I should have taken that as a clue that maybe she didn’t know what she was doing. Am I the only one who thinks this whole situation sounds strange? Jodie

Jodie,

If your daughter’s pediatric dentist usually places amalgam fillings, she probably lacks the skill to ensure the composite fillings are correctly placed and bonded.

You would do well to find a cosmetic dentist who is experienced in the placement of composite fillings to examine your daughter’s teeth. Placing composite fillings requires more skill than placing amalgam fillings. There are cosmetic dentists who enjoy treating children.

If the teeth that have the composite fillings hurt when your daughter chews, it is very likely that the fillings were incorrectly placed. An experienced cosmetic dentist can remove the fillings and replace them with fillings that are properly bonded.

This post is sponsored by Chatham, NJ family dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.