My dentist said white fillings aren’t good

I wanted to get a white filling, but my dentist said they’re not very good.  I’m really disappointed, because the other fillings have mercury in them and I am just not comfortable with the idea. Are the white fillings really that bad?

Dylan L. – New Orleans

Dylan,

I disagree completely with your dentist. I suspect hat the reason he is discouraging you from white fillings is that he’s not qualified to place them.  It could be he’s an older dentist. It isn’t until recently that some dentist schools started teaching how to do composite fillings. They take post graduate training to learn to place. I’m guessing he never did it.

The fact is composite (white) fillings strengthen your teeth, whearas their amalgam (silver) counterparts weaken your teeth. Don’t pressure your dentist to place it.  If he doesn’t have the training, it could end up a disaster.

The safest way to make sure you can get a well-place mercury-free filling, is to go to holistic dentist.  They only place mercury-free fillings. And, they’re trained to place them.

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Is a snoring device enough for sleep apnea?

I think I may have sleep apnea.  My husband says I’m snoring a lot and I always wake up tired. If I get a dental snoring device, will that be enough or do I have to sleep with a machine?

Annika W. – New York

Annika,

It does sound like you could be suffering from sleep apnea. That can be a serious condition that needs treatment. Which treatment you need honestly depends on the severity of your sleep apnea.

Your dentist can perform tests to determine whether you just need an oral appliance or a CPAP machine.  The key is to get with a dentist.  Sometimes your insurance will cover a sleep study.

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Porcelain veneers ruined by my dental cleaning?

I had my porcelain veneers done by a cosmetic dentist. However, when it was time for a cleaning, I went to  my normal family dentist. They cleaned the veneers with some kind of salt water spray to get all the build up off. I think it did something to my veneers because ever since then they’ve been picking up stains.  Could the cleaning have messed them up?

Sandra W. – Maumelle, AR

Sandra,

It sounds to me like your hygienist used a prophy jet to clean your veneers. They would certainly damage your porcelain veneers. The prophy jet took the glaze right off your veneers. They’ll continue to pick up stains.

As your dentist caused this, I think they should be the ones to pay for the repair.  To get them to do that, you’ll likely need to get a second opinion to “prove” it was their fault. Don’t use any cosmetic dentist, because repairing this without completely redoing the veneers is a very advanced procedure. Not many cosmetic dentists can do it.

I’ll suggest you go to one of the dentists listed on the mynewsmile.com site for your state.  You may not find one in Maumelle, but I know there is at least one in Little Rock listed.  That will give you a better chance of getting this done right.

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