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Mark Atwood
This afternoon I had most of my old fillings drilled out and replaced. I had developed a couple of soft spots around them, plus Dr Danelli really doesn't like amalgam fillings, "they crack the teeth" she says.

So out they came, and there was a lot more decay under them ("looks like he didn't get it completely sterile, it was harder to do ten years ago") and also one of my molars had indeed been cracked. Not enough to split it, and hopefully the new epoxy fill will hold it together.

Her needlepoint diamond drill went thru the tooth enamel and the silver amalgam like a 3D eraser, she sandblasted the pits out with nanoscale zirconium balls, she painted down etching solution, painted down glue, poured in new hightech epoxy, packed it down with a very small trowel, and zapped it with hard UV.

She insisted on numbing me. I didn't need it for the work, but I guess if the drill slipped, or if the crack split...

The problem was 3 hours later, halfway thru my piano lesson, it wore off. And what hurt and hurt and hurt were not my teeth, but instead the places where she had slid in the needle to inject the numbing. I wanted to be stoic, but I just could not focus on the music anymore, or push away the pain. Angry at myself for being a baby about it, but damn, I sure didn't like it.

Ibuprofen and a hot soak seem to have mostly fixed it.
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lady_pathos From: lady_pathos Date: February 10th, 2005 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)


fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: February 10th, 2005 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: O.o

Indeed yes.

Hi, who are you?
lady_pathos From: lady_pathos Date: February 10th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)


i'm new...my names antoinette...er annies easyer
tonyawinter From: tonyawinter Date: February 10th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I had a tooth drilled without getting a shot first once. It was really painful! I was amazed at how painful it was. But the time before the places where they gave me the shots hurt worse than the tooth so I thought I'd give it a shot. Never again!

I would like the info for your dentist if you think she's good. I want to have one of my fillings replaced and my dentist wouldn't do it.
seawasp From: seawasp Date: February 10th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Amazed at how painful??

There's a NERVE in the center of each and every one of those things, you know! If the drill hits it, or even gets close enough that high-level vibration and/or heat gets transmitted to it... it can be literally agonizing.

ObReading: Marathon Man. "Is it safe?"

My dentists have always been good, but if you're in the same area as Mark it'd be a bit of a commute...
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: February 10th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Amazed at how painful??

Most of my fillings I've had done without being numb. The drill has never bothered me. But then, I've never had to have work done on tooth cracked down to the pulp, or one a tooth that's internally infected.
seawasp From: seawasp Date: February 10th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

To each dentist their own.

I've had two epoxy fillings; they've disintegrated within a year and a half each. By contrast, my amalgam fillings generally last at least five years. Some have lasted four or five times that long at least.

Perhaps epoxy deals less well with cold and impact from ice. I love ice.
shemayazi From: shemayazi Date: February 10th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)


My sympathy (my dentists have never liked my - Australian-done - amalgam either). Take care.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: February 21st, 2005 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sympathies

My dentist when I was in Boston was also a senior lecturer / researcher at Tuft's dental school, and I got to overhear him ranting about having to fix up someone who had been previously under the "care" of UK dentists.

US dentists seem to have extremely high and specific standards.

I like it that way.
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