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Question:
Replacing old fillings: Over the last 10 years, I have had 3 different dentists.

Recently, I just started going to a new dentist. He tells me I have 6 cavities; and 4 of them are old ones which need replacement (silver fillings - replaced w/silver).

I just had those 4 silvers replaced w/silvers. He said they were leaking but then I wonder why other dentists hadn't noticed this. He dug out the old silvers and replaced w/silvers.

My teeth are aching now, very sensitive. Could this lead to more problems? I'm also concerned dentists do this to make a buck...is this so? ...Visitor from PA

Answer:
Removing old cavity material almost routinely removes a bit more tooth structure. There is a chance the prepping for the new fillings may have gotten close to the tooth nerves.

If your dentist treated teeth that didn't require treatment, you may want to contact your dental board for additional assistance.

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