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Fillings FAQ Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
All bonded fillings cause sensitive teeth: I have had several teeth filled with bonding over the past couple of years and I have noticed that the majority of them are still sensitive and/or are sometimes painful eating on them...is this normal?

Does this mean that I may need a root canal or are there just some people that do not respond as well to bonding as others? I have silver fillings as well and I have never had this problem with them. ...Visitor from CA

Most dentists do bonded fillings now. In the first few years of doing these, most dentists had problems with sensitivity.

New materials and very technique-sensitive placement procedures have eliminated almost all of the sensitivity. I have not seen sensitivity in my bonded fillings in years.

Some of your problems may be bite related, but I think I would consider seeing a new dentist if all of my replaced fillings were sensitive.

Or, you may choose to have a talk with the dentist to see if he or she has lots of sensitivity problems. If yours are unusual, he or she may have a plan to address this and eliminate sensitivity in the future.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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