Monthly Archives: March 2014

Are non-mercury fillings as strong as the mercury ones?

I wanted to get the non-mercury fillings, but my dentist insists they’re not as strong as the ones with mercury in it. I’m not comfortable with putting mercury in my mouth. ¬†Options?

Stacey A. – Little Rock, AR


It sounds like your dentist isn’t quite trained in composite fillings, which are mercury-free. He is incorrect in thinking them not as strong as amalgam (mercury) fillings. The way they bond to your teeth actually makes your teeth stronger.

Don’t pressure your dentist to do this procedure though. It takes special post-graduate training to do this procedure well. When not done properly, there are side effects that can be very painful. ¬†My suggestion is that you find a mercury-free dentist. They’ll be quite skilled with composite (white) fillings.

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I cracked my tooth. Do I go to the ER?

I was doing something that I don’t want to tell my dentist, but when it happened, I heard my tooth crack. I’m in a lot of pain. Do I go to the ER?

Pauline- Virginia


You won’t need to go to the ER, unless it was accompanied by some additional trauma. Often, tooth damage can be repaired. I would call your dentist and see if he will see you after hours if you’re concerned.

If he won’t, you could locate an emergency dentist. They will at the least get you out of pain and then you can schedule a regular appointment with your dentist. Be assured you don’t have to tell him anything you’re uncomfortable with. However, don’t leave out information that could be relevant to your treatment.

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