My nine year old son has two cavities. The dentist agreed to do composite fillings, because I was adamant I didn’t want mercury in his mouth. He agreed. He said he knew how to do them, but they’re not his preference. I’m wondering if he really knows how to do them because both of them (and their replacements) have fallen out. Should I seek a different dentist or keep working with this one? Do you have an idea why they’re falling out?
Mary Lou H. – Alabama
Composite fillings are more difficult to place on children. If any moisture gets in the filling during the procedure, the fillings will fail. It’s often hard to get children to sit still long enough for composite fillings to be done correctly.
It could be that he’s not as experienced with this particular procedure. It could also be that your son has trouble wiggling. Either way, he needs to be up front with you.
Often, a pediatric dentist will use sedation, when placing composite fillings on a wiggly little one. Talk to your dentist and see how he wants to proceed. If you’re not happy with his plans, then you can look for another pediatric dentist to do the procedure.
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