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An old filling has become sensitive to sweets. Is it important to have it replaced ASAP?

Asked by marmoset (1166points) October 18th, 2010

It’s a white filling on the top surface of one of my lower molars. I’ve noticed it getting sensitive to sweets over the last few weeks.

The insurance I have now only covers silver (amalgam) fillings.

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Lightlyseared's avatar

I would have it looked at by a dentist and if needs a new filling then amalgam wouldn’t be too bad a choice for a molar. The stuff is better able to resist the pressure of chewing that you exert on your molars.

talljasperman's avatar

stop eating sweets for now… and switch to a “for sensitive teeth” toothpaste…I hate silver caps… save what you can and get the good dental work done… you only get one set of Adult teeth… you need to value them

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seazen's avatar

Yes. Period. It’s not doing it’s job and the next stage is a better filling, then comes root canal. Root canal is, for those unfamiliar, the closest a man will get to experiencing the pain of giving birth – from his mouth. It should be avoided, and the sooner it is taken care of the better.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@seazen Root canal is not that bad. I fell asleep during the last one. (Incidently the reason I needed the root canal is because the tooth had split in two due to the composite filling not being strong enough to take the shearing forces of chewing. Yes white filling may look better but that does not mean they are the correct treatment for every case.)

jrpowell's avatar

The main cost at the dentist for a filling is all the stuff like x-rays and the initial exam. A filling at my dentist is about a hundred bucks for the color matched ones. The x-rays could go to insurance and you just pay cash for the filling. But I wouldn’t call this a emergency. Simply something that needs to be high on the list of things that needs to be done.

It is amazing with dentistry how a 100 dollar problem can quickly turn into a thousand dollar problem.

janbb's avatar

I agree with all of the above which rarely happens in Fluther so they must be giving you good advice!

marinelife's avatar

The sensitivity to sweets mean that there is decay under there. Time to see the dentist.

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john65pennington's avatar

Have the filling replaced ASAP. the exposed cavity will decay much quicker, when exposed to sugar, acid and air. to save your tooth, see a dentist right a way.

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marmoset's avatar

Answers were totally right here—I got it re-filled and the dentist said I saved myself from a root canal.

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