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A 42-year-old member asked:

bite doesn't feel right after getting a filling on opposite side, what could be wrong?

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Dr. Brian Langenfeld
Dentistry 40 years experience
High Filling: A new filling can result in a bite change that you feel on the other side usually by being slightly high. This happens a lot in dentistry, many people don't bite together normally after their mouth is open for a period of time, muscles tend to tighten up. The solution is usually a simple bite adjustment to the new filling by your dentist.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is filling made of? Is it safe if there for life?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Rohde
Anti-Aging Medicine 35 years experience
Metal fillings: Amalgam fillings are not safe. They contain 50% mercury which is a toxin mixed with silver, tin, copper. Eating or drinking hot fluids releases small amounts of mercury which are inhaled and absorbed. See utube "smoking tooth". If removed needs to be done safely to avoid more exposure. Have a urine heavy metal challenge test by genova, etc with a chelating med to measure stored levels in your body.
Dr. Mary David
Dr. Mary David commented
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
The newer fillings are not metal and are safe
Dec 19, 2014
A 43-year-old member asked:

Why do I feel like suffocating when I get filling at dentist?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Anxiety: It's normal to feel short of breath during periods of stress and anxiety. Moreover, there's an element of claustrophobia when the dentist is hovering over you, inches away, with a drill and other scary looking equipment. Finally, you may be unconsciously holding your breath when he/she's working in your mouth - so there are many reasons.
A 39-year-old member asked:

More hg mercury from fish or fillings?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
FISH!!!: The amount is not close. Too many studies have been done to prove the absolute minimal amount of hg released from amalgam. You would have to have a mouth full and then some before it was enough to cause advserse effects.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is sensitivity to hot foods/drinks always a sign that a filling is needed?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robin Santiago
Dentistry 9 years experience
No.: There are other reasons that teeth become sensitive, such as heavy biting forces, fractures, recession exposing the root surface and going from one wextreme temperature to another. However any sensitivity that does not resolve in less than 2 weeks should be reason to visit and consult with your dentist.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it important to see a dentist when you've lost a filling?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Dalin
Dentistry 41 years experience
Lost filling: Absolutely get into your dentist. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of having other problems i.e. Root canal issues, breaking teeth, etc. Make the call and get in right away.

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