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A 47-year-old member asked:

got a composite resin filling replaced with a ceramic and now it's really sensitive. what can i do?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
OTC and DDS: Take some otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) and avoid very cold and hot foods and liquids for awhile. Also call your dentist for advice and whether it warrants your dentist seeing you to evaluate the situation.
Dr. Oleg Borshch
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
...: Ceramic inlays very often can cause sensitivity when biting. I almost never use ceramic material for inlays: laboratory processed composite ( such as cristobal, or belle glass) is an infinitely better choice. Anyway, you obviously should see the dentist who placed that inlay, and have him (her) correct the situation. Good luck!

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Sedation used by dentist for deep cleaning and fillings?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Your Choice: Just like any other procedure that requires local anesthesia and otherwise would be uncomfrotable for the patient. Sedation is a great way to be relaxed and allow the provider to accomplish as many of the procedures in a little as time as possible and you have no pain or recolection of the process. It isn't required but a nice benefit.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How does a dentist fix a chipped front tooth with filling?

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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 48 years experience
Poorly: A filling by definition is a "contained" material. It fills a hole. Replacing enamel on chipped edges places bonded composite at risk of separation when brought into function. Biting a sandwich likely will break it off. Bonding composite is a temporary solution. Longevity is important. Small chips respond best to tooth contouring. Large chips to veneering with porcelain. Crown fractures.
A 46-year-old member asked:

I have an old discolored formerly white filling on my front tooth. Could the dentist replace it? He only likes amalgams and gold, of course

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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 48 years experience
Be powerful: Is your smile so take responsibility for it in always. Amalgam should not be placed is there a better materials available. Gold is also being replaced with new ultrahard porcelains. New techniques have made a world of difference in both function and cosmetics. Disfiguring materials are unnecessary, and you should be respected in your requests. Finding a different dentist is a choice.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Unless requested, I know of no modern dentist who would put a gold crown on a front tooth. But by and large, gold is an extremely bite friendly restorative replacement. It requires less tooth removal to fabricate the crown; and as to occlusion (the bite) porcelain is very hard on opposing teeth and significant wear can occur. Gold is much kinder in occlusion, and where cosmetics does not dictate, gold is wonderful is a wonderful restorative material.
Jan 30, 2013
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can pain be associated with a high filling?

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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Yes: Yes a high filling can cause pain. The remedy is simple and typically does not require any anesthetic (injection), so please return to your dentist immediately so as not to cause any other dental issues and to remedy your discomfort.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long will a temporary tooth filling last?

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Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dentistry 38 years experience
It depends: The need for a temporary filling may stem from a small chip or a much more substantial loss of part of a tooth, or even from an opening that a dentist may make. There is a very wide choice of materials for temporary fillings. Some are soft and meant to be easily removed. Others may last a very long time (up to or beyond a year). The answer depends on a combination of these factors.

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