My upper right first molar is sensitive after my dentist placed a small composite filling. He did the filling so that I could get teeth whitening without sensitivity in the small cavity. I’ve been back to my dentist several times. He checked for a crack, adjusted by bite, and said he still thinks my bite is off. He recommends a root canal and a crown if the pain persists. I asked my dentist to redo the filling before doing a root canal. He says that the filling is not the problem because composite forms an excellent bond with the tooth. I’m in my second year with this dentist, but if I need to switch to someone who will replace the filling, I will. Is it likely that I need a root canal? Is there information I can give my dentist to convince him to replace the filling? I just want to keep things moving so I can complete teeth whitening. Thank you. Kamrin
No, it isn’t likely that you need a root canal. What is more likely is that your dentist does not want to replace the filling. Root canal and a crown will cost nearly $2000, but your dentist must replace it at no cost if the filling is the problem. Unfortunately, it makes us wonder if the dentist is concerned about your oral health.
Correcting a Sensitive Small Composite Filling
Although we do not think you will be able to persuade your dentist, you can mention online research on this website and an article on mynewsmile.com about tooth sensitivity after a filling. There are two ways to correct the situation:
- Ask your dentist to replace the filling – Your dentist can remove the existing filling and cover the dentin with a glass ionomer base before etching your tooth and applying the new filling. The glass ionomer eliminates sensitivity.
- Go to an experienced cosmetic dentist – A skilled cosmetic dentist will use the same approach to solve the problem and prove that your dentist was wrong. Afterward, you can request a refund and explain that you will report the issue to the state dental board if you do not receive a refund. You can also publish negative online reviews on Yelp, your dentist’s Google My Business page, and social media.
Please let us know what happens. We hope it won’t be long before you can start teeth whitening treatment.
Michael Szarek, DMD, of Lowell, MA, sponsors this post.
Tooth sensitivity after a filling – mynewsmile.com