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Replacing a dental filling - September 4th 2012, 05:04 PM

I had a dental filling about 3 years ago and after going for a check-up tonight, my dentist told me that I need it replaced because it's worn down. I'm really annoyed because 1)they're supposed to last for 10-15 years and 2)he's sh*t with needles

I'm really scared because last time it really hurt... does it hurt more having a filling replaced than having it done originally?
I know that it only take 15 minutes for this treatment compared to 30 like last time...

Do you think you could give me some tips on how to get through, this because I am an absolute whimp when it comes to needles... oh and will they let me listen to my iPod?

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Re: Replacing a dental filling - September 5th 2012, 01:27 PM

I'm confused too as to why it needs replaced so soon, though it is possible for them to crack if you have bitten something hard or have not been caring for the teeth very well.

Often times the dentist can repair the filling rather than having to take it out and then make a new one, which if it is taking less time than before, then I would assume this is what he is doing?

Call and ask them about your iPod. Each dentist will be different. One of mine let me watch tv, another wouldn't. One let me take my cd player (when I was younger, so like 90s ) and another wouldn't. Completely depends on them, so give them a call.

As for the fear of needles...you can ask to numb the area the needle will go in before they inject it. There should be a gel or cream they can rub in the area so you won't feel the prick of the needle, just pressure. Then they can insert the needle painlessly. It will still be uncomfortable, but no pain which is a lot of the reason why people fear needles.
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Re: Replacing a dental filling - September 6th 2012, 05:30 PM

Thank you so much for replying Kelly!

Turns out I didn't need the local aesthetic after all - you can't image how relieved I was when he told me Apparently it wore down because my tooth was wearing away at a quicker rate than the silver, which meant it was at risk of falling out if it wasn't replaced because they aren't glued in. But this time he gave me a a white one which has sealed to my tooth.

To be honest, I was worrying over nothing and I'm really happy with the result.

This can be closed now - thanks <3

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