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That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)...

Posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 17:54:01:

When I took my son to the dentist today I insisted on him having his two cavities filled with the white plastic (composite?) filling. The dental assistant told me that the white fillings chip more around the edges so it's harder to tell if there is a cavity that has started around the edge. She said this often leads to more cavities. Also,she said the white doesn't last as long, and for deep cavities, they insist on metal/mercury fillings. This alarmed my son (he's 21) who then insisted on the silver fillings. I realize it's his choice, but I don't think he made the correct choice. I should have educated my son more before we went in to the dentist. I know all I can do now is exactly that, and these are the only fillings in his teeth now, and they're small fillings, at least.
I guess I'm upset because I was undermined. I DID tell her about the Calif. Dental Board fiasco and the (federal?) lawsuit about mercury fillings, which she, amazingly, didn't know about.
I don't like the idea of having to have their fillings replaced/chipping, but I like the idea of mercury poisoning even less. I need to read more of the archives about this!Are white fillings really that bad?
Thanks,
Trish



Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)...

Posted by Ben on July 20, 2001 at 20:16:43:

In Reply to: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 17:54:01:

White fillings are not that bad. The skill of the dentist putting them in the teeth is the big hurdle. It takes more skill and work to put in a white filling that will last.

75% of restorative dentists in the USA are still using silver.mercury fillings. They are easy. The California thing is hype talk. Mercury is still the filling of choice for most dentists. Pretty sad , huh.



Dental Assistant Is Showing Signs Of Mercury !

Posted by Davey on July 20, 2001 at 20:28:20:

In Reply to: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 17:54:01:

Better get away from that dentist! This is old, old, old thinking. Today's progressive dental office offers a choice of dental fillings Plus testing to insure the filling material is compatible with your body chemistry. It Used to be true that white fillings were not as durable. Today many composites are as durable as amalgam/mercury and Most important they are not made from 50 % mercury--one of the deadly posions on this planet! Mercury fillings may look good on the surface (which also gives off mercury vapor) while they disintegrate your tooth underneath the filling. Then all this toxic gunk is in contact with and absorbed by the nerve which culminates at each tooth. I know from experience!

Possibly your son will never have a problem, possibly he will. Why take this destructive health risk? Beware of amalgams and steer clear of this dental office!



Re: Dental Assistant Is Showing Signs Of Mercury !

Posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 22:23:28:

In Reply to: Dental Assistant Is Showing Signs Of Mercury ! posted by Davey on July 20, 2001 at 20:28:20:

The office lady did tell me they offer both types of fillings. Nevertheless, if they won't honor my wishes, I will definitely change dentists. This was the first treatment/filling we've had done at this office. Thanks for your information. I will not settle for mercury in my mouth, either. We're going to have to have a meeting of the minds and I will not put up with that anymore.
I once had a dentist that said some of my silver fillings were getting old and he replaced them (before I was enlightened about mercury). I cringe now just thinking about that and wonder if I got sick afterwards.

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Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)...

Posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 22:27:04:

In Reply to: Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Ben on July 20, 2001 at 20:16:43:

I thought they were talking me out of it because it cost more. I didn't realize it was harder to put in white fillings. Well, they'd better practice because I am calling them and letting them know it's white from here on out. Maybe they'll practice until our next visit ;-). Thank you for that. I'm showing it to my son in my efforts to enlighten him..



Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)...

Posted by Roy on July 20, 2001 at 23:25:34:

In Reply to: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 17:54:01:

The other option for molars is "in-lays". These are very durable, but require an extra visit (and more $$), since the filling is made in a lab; of porcelain I believe. Of course if the filling takes up most of the tooth, a crown could be used.

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Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)...

Posted by beth on July 21, 2001 at 00:00:33:

In Reply to: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 17:54:01:

I used to work for a company called Sybron Dental Specialties. They made at least 5 different kinds of filling materials besides amalgams. This dentist is way behind the times. The technology is already out there for dentists to use. And this doctor is not knowlegable.

The manufacturers have already risen to the occasion, why aren't the dentists?

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Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)...

Posted by
Thessa on July 21, 2001 at 02:02:57:

In Reply to: Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 22:27:04:

Hi Trish. To me the issue of non-metal dentristry was so important that I wanted a dentist that had stopped using amalgams all together. They are around, and they are the most knowledgeable about how to put in composite material safely and effectively because most of them turned "non-metal" after discovering the toxicity of mercury amalgams. And they won't be 'practicing' on you! There are plenty of ways to find a non-metal dentist in your area (if there is one). Below is a link to get you started. There's a lot more info on the net as well.
Good luck, I just had 12 mercury fillings replaced - thanks God...



Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)...

Posted by Ben on July 21, 2001 at 07:52:08:

In Reply to: Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 22:27:04:

It does usually cost more. But if it is not done correctly they will leak around the edges. It is tough to find a dentist with the skills to put them in correctly.



Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)...-and others

Posted by Barb1 on July 21, 2001 at 11:44:57:

In Reply to: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 17:54:01:

I had a similar reaction from a dental office. I asked if they had Merucry free fillings.... she laughed and said, theres as much mercury in tunafish on a tunafish salad.....which may be true..or not.......but I decided not to deal with their attitude and find someone else......
She tried to tell me that people are over reacting.....I doubt she has read anything on mercury.

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Re: That dental assistant! (FOR WHAT ITS WORTH

Posted by
Gregory K. Barron on July 21, 2001 at 13:29:28:

In Reply to: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 17:54:01:

My mother had an experience with our family dentist a few years ago. They filled her cavity with what another dentist said was a filling from the 50's whatever the material it was it caused my mothers face to swell up and it caused her much pain and an infection. even the way they dealt with the complications was appaling saying she was overreacting. I don't know of any direct coorelation to MS but about 2 years after this episode she was diagnosed with MS.

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Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)...

Posted by
Rhonda on July 21, 2001 at 14:21:12:

In Reply to: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 17:54:01:

I am new to this board, but I happened to see your post and I can understand your frustration. The same exact thing happened to me! I went in to my PREVIOUS dentist, who is modern and well-equipped and not old, and let the assistant know I wanted to have an amalgam replaced with the white composite. She did the same speech as your son's assistant did and changed my mind! She went on about how much more they cost (which swayed me even more since I was broke!) and that they are harder to place and don't last as long as the "silver" amalgams do, and they are not as strong, bla, bla, bla.

Sorry, but this still upsets me because it was only 6 months later that I was looking for a new dentist who believes that mercury is unsafe and had my remaining amalgams replaced anyway with white composite! I was not healthy and had symptoms of mercury toxicity so it was in my best interest to get them out. It does anger me because I just ended up paying for that same filling again, to be done in the composite.

In my honest opinion, I would look for another dentist. Why give your hard-earned money away to a dentist that fools you about the poison he places in your's or your son's mouths? You'll just end up paying more down the line anyway, if you don't. BTW, my new dentist reassured me that all the nonsense fed to patients about composite fillings is all untrue. They are better for the tooth than amalgams are.

Good luck in finding a holistic dentist that practises a safe mercury removal protocol.

Rhonda

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Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... (Archive in mercury.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 22, 2001 at 09:29:00:

In Reply to: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 17:54:01:

Hi, Trish.

That dental asistant is at least 30 years behind on her information. Composits are now more stable than amalgams. 30 Years ago she would have been right.

This is an example of someone who is not yet ready to take responsibility for his health. It is easier (for now) just to trust the "expert" than to learn and come back.

He has to make this step, you cannot do it for him. How old is this guy?

When they finally make amalgams illegal in this country, you can tell him "I told you so." It won't be long now.

Walt



Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... (Archive in mercury.)

Posted by Trish on July 23, 2001 at 12:32:42:

In Reply to: Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... (Archive in mercury.) posted by Walt Stoll on July 22, 2001 at 09:29:00:

The dentist is in his 40's-not too old. I"m calling the office today because our son is scheduled for a root canal on Friday and the assistant tried to tell me the composite just will not work in those deep fillings. It seems like: the deeper the more dangerous the mercury is. I have thin enamel (defective LES when I was a child) so am aware that this could possibly make it worse. Maybe they don't even use any type of filling for root canals, but if they won't use composite from here on out I refuse to go to them.
If we go back I'm taking information on amalgams with me to give to that assistant.
Yes! I'm so glad you said that about 'it won't be long now!' because it seems like it's common sense that they, in light of recent events, would just stop using amalgams so they won't have to replace them later, or get sued, etc. Better safe than sorry. I don't get it. And this dentist uses interns from USC -these young guys should be better educated.
I've read all this to my daughter who agrees never to have amalgams again in her mouth. Now I"m working on her brothers ;-)
Thanks for letting me know composites are more stable than amalgams. I'll be telling him the same thing I'll tell my old allo dr..(I told you so!)
Thanks!
Trish



Check for dentist competence?

Posted by Trish on July 23, 2001 at 12:35:39:

In Reply to: Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Ben on July 21, 2001 at 07:52:08:

If they feel uncomfortable about using compsite then I guess I should change dentists. It just seems like they're going to be using a lot more inthe future after the lawsuits so they might as well learn how to use it now! Sheesh. Thank you.

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Thank you for that link

Posted by Trish on July 23, 2001 at 12:40:16:

In Reply to: Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Thessa on July 21, 2001 at 02:02:57:

Several members of my family need metal filling replaced. It's going to turn into a major, but worthwhile, endeavor for us. This is where being stubborn comes in handy ;-)
Thanks very much for that link-I'm going to use it and others hopefully will too.
Trish

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Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... (Archive in mercury.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 24, 2001 at 15:16:11:

In Reply to: Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... (Archive in mercury.) posted by Trish on July 23, 2001 at 12:32:42:

Good luck, Trish.

I had all of my amalgams removed about 20 years ago. My composits are still just fine!

Namaste`

Walt

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Re: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)...

Posted by http://www.toxicteeth.net on July 27, 2001 at 18:07:35:

In Reply to: That dental assistant! (for what it's worth)... posted by Trish on July 20, 2001 at 17:54:01:

THIS DENTAL ASSISTANT WAS TYPICAL BRAIN DEAD CON!

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