Replacing Black or Mercury Tooth Fillings

Pals, I got my first fillings about 14 years ago. At that time, I wasn’t given an option to have white, composite fillings. The dentist gave me mercury fillings because “they were stronger”. What he really meant to say was, they were cheaper! What he forgot to say was that they were black and looked awful (like rotten teeth). I hated them instantly and so recently I had mine replaced!

Disclaimer: This blog post is in collaboration with My Dental Ireland.

My Dental

My Dental is based in Cherrywood Business Park just off Exit 16 on the M50 Southbound (only 2 exits after Dundrum). It’s open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Wednesday and until 5.30pm every other day; which is perfect for those of us who work 9am to 5pm!

The Consultation

The first appointment is a consultation to assess whether or not the mercury (black) fillings can be replaced with white fillings. I had 2 mercury fillings that I wanted replaced, one on the top, and one on the bottom of my mouth.

The dentist took x-rays of my teeth so she could see how deep, and close to the nerve, the filling was. The top filling was too close to my nerve (bottom image) and so she advised against replacing it.

She was so patient and clearly articulated the risks so I could make an informed decision. So I decided against the replacement because it can’t be seen anyway.

The filling on the bottom bothered me the most because you could see it when I laughed and I was conscious of it. I was only conscious of it because it looked like a rotten tooth!

The Replacement

The replacement was a straight forward and relatively painless process. The worst part was the needle… yes there is a needle! A good needle though…. The kind that takes away the pain (a local anaesthetic) :p Once that’s over, you can’t feel a thing. The dentist removes the black filling and replaced it with a white filling. It is that easy.

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The Recovery

I thought I was going to be stoned after this trip to the dentist. You know like those funny You Tube videos of people coming out from the dentist? I even asked the dentist when I went in “Will I be stoned…?”and she laughed for ages! Pals, most of you will be happy to hear, you will not get stoned! There is some recovery though.

The side of your mouth that was numbed, will remain numb for about 3 hours. It’s a weird feeling and you’ll talk funny. If you have a habit of biting on your lips (like me), please don’t! Since you can’t feel how hard you’re biting, you can hurt yourself. I learned that the hard way years ago!

The dentist advised that I may have sensitivity in those teeth I had filled but I’m so glad to say I had none… ZERO 😀 The dentist did such a great job but she said a bit of sensitivity is normal, so it’s nothing to worry about if you experience some.

The Cost

This is the best part! Replacing a black filling costs no more than getting a new filling! Depending on how large the filling is, My Dental charges between €80 and €120.

If you’ve any questions at all, please let me know by commenting below or contact me through Facebook or Instagram. While you’re here, read about how I keep my teeth clean and white here.

Thanks for reading pals,

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