Category Archives: Cosmetic Dentistry

Sensitivity after composite filling

The other day I had a white composite, mercury-free filling placed in my mouth. Today I woke up and have really noticed that I’m sensitive to hot and cold food and liquids. Also, when I bite down or press on the corner of my white fillings, there is a bit of pain. My original filling was removed and this problem is still here with the new fillings. Do I need to go back into my dentist?

– Calvin from Nevada

Calvin,

It is difficult to make an assessment or recommendation without actually seeing your particular case. Although, it is likely that you have nothing to worry about. Sometimes after a patient gets white fillings, they may experience slight sensitivities. There are many things that could be causing this. Sometimes irritation can take place in the composite bonding process. Or other times irritation can occur during the final polishing of the tooth. If the sensitivity is minor and doesn’t happen all the time, I wouldn’t worry about it. But if it persists or worsens, then you should contact the dentist that placed them to play it safe.

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Have I been overtreated?

Hello,

I wanted to have my teeth whitened and my dentist did dental bonding on my front teeth. I just moved to a new area and my bonding has already chipped. My new dentist said that I need to have bleaching done inside my teeth because they are stained from the interior. Or he said porcelain crowns are a possibility. I’m confused and was wondering if I have any other options?

– Sarah in Wyoming

Sarah,

It sounds as if your dentist may not be the most informed on cosmetic dentistry practices. Cosmetic dentistry truly is an art and it takes an expert. I advise you to search for a qualified cosmetic dentist. If you need to drive a couple hours, it will be worth it in the long run to have it done correctly.

It is hard for me to provide recommendations based on what you have described. Ideally, I would recommend scheduling a consultation with a cosmetic dentist that will be able to make a recommendation first hand. A question for you, do you have root canal treatments on these teeth that were bonded? If the color seems to be the only issue, a dental crown would not be the recommended treatment plant. This is because for a crown, your teeth needs to be ground down which is not necessary to correct the color. You don’t want to have your teeth ground down if it is not absolutely essential. In regard to internal teeth bleaching, this is a big clue that your dentist is not familiar with cosmetic dentistry. Bleaching whitens the outside of your teeth, not the inside.

Depending on your specific situation, teeth bleaching or porcelain veneers would be the way to go. I hope this answers your questions. Anything other than this, would make me suspect that the dentist is over-treating you.

Good luck.

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