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Last week I went in to get a few fillings done. The paperwork I received said I only needed 3 but the dentist ended up doing 5 and didn't tell me until after, when I had to pay.

The pain has gradually eased up, and tonight was the first night I felt I could do more than just brush, but when I went to floss between the teeth he filled, I noticed that I no longer had space between my teeth.

The way he filled them, he literally connected the crowns of the 5 teeth so that I can't get any floss in there. Is this a mistake, or is this some weird new dental trend that I've never heard of before? ...Visitor from DC

One could say that this dentist's "attention to detail" seems a little inadequate.

Most dentists will floss after each filling to make sure excess material is removed. Once the filling material "sets" the removal of excess material becomes a little more difficult.

Return to the dentist to complete the treatment.

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