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Poor dental fillings

Dental fillings are used to restore teeth that have been affected by tooth decay and many fillings are carried out by dentist every year.  Filling teeth is a common procedure, however, if a dentist provides a patient with a poor dental filling this can lead to a host of problems and cause a person to suffer unnecessary pain and suffering.

THE NEED FOR DENTAL FILLINGS.

When a dentist identifies tooth decay, a filling may be the most appropriate treatment in order to prevent further damage to the tooth.  The procedure is relatively straightforward and the dentist may use a drill and administer local anaesthetic to carry out the treatment.

SIGNS OF POOR DENTAL FILLINGS

Possible signs of poor dental fillings may include:

– unshaped or un-smoothed fillings

– very large fillings

TYPES OF PROBLEMS THAT CAN OCCUR FROM POOR DENTAL FILLINGS

The failure by a dentist to adequately carry out a filling can lead to ongoing tooth aches and pain. Whilst most people may experience some ache after having a tooth filled, tooth ache which last several weeks may be the sign of a poor dental filling.

If the filling has not been adequately prepared, the mixture may not bond properly to the tooth tissue and this may cause the filling to fall out or cause a gap, which could then allow further decay to form and lead to long lasting toothache as the pulp of the tooth becomes infected.

Further, if the edges of a filling are not smoothed down or shaped correctly, this too can lead to tooth ache and have an impact on the neighbouring teeth or gums.

A person may also suffer from an incorrect bite, if the filling has been made too high and this can cause difficulties when trying to eat and cause a person pain and discomfort.  Similarly if a filling is too large, this can also lead to tooth ache and can make it difficult to adequately clean the teeth and the person will then become at risk from further decay and may require further fillings or alternative treatment.

 A large filling can also weaken the tooth and, should this filling fail, it may be the case that the tooth is no longer able to support a cavity and a root canal treatment may be needed as a result or a crown may be needed in order to replace the filling. If decay is allowed to develop further a person may experience sensitivity in their teeth.

In severe cases a person may lose their tooth if the filling cannot be replaced and the tooth has developed further decay which can no longer be treated.

OUR EXPERIENCE

In the Dental Negligence Team, we see many cases where a person has suffered from poor dental fillings. The Team acted for a client who received a settlement for the failure of her dentist to carry out adequate fillings. The two fillings her dentist had placed were over filled and were too high and her dentist had failed to remove the decay in preparing the tooth for a filling and this resulted in pain and infection for our client. As a result of the poor dental fillings the client required a root canal treatment and faced the possibility of the teeth being extracted in the future.

If you have suffered from poor dental fillings which have caused you problems, please contact a specialist dental negligence solicitor, such as those in the Dental Negligence Team, who will be happy to assist and advise you whether you may be successful in bringing a dental negligence claim for compensation for your suffering.

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9 comments

  1. Nearly all dentists are crooks who deceive you into believing you need fillings. you trust them and they betray your trust..they make lots of money , you have a life of pain and suffering..most of them are very arogant and bad tempered too…

  2. I got a filling about a year ago. I complained to my dentist about the sensitivity being so bad I could barely eat on 3 different occasions and he had no advice. He tried to put some sealant on the front of the tooth to help, which did nothing, and within a week I had a severe tooth infection. I was in so much pain I was in tears. I’m convinced it was due to a poor filling and the fact that he wrote off my complaints as normal.

    Now I need a root canal… 🙁

    Angela
  3. Hi Angela. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been in so much pain. If you would like to discuss this further, please do contact us.

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  4. Hi I recently had a filling on my back molar tooth. My dentist was filing down my tooth in the back with the drill he filed down my 2 side two top teeth when he was doing that. When I close my mouth my bite is wrong I feel like I am going to chew my front teeth. Do you think my filling is too high or to low? My tongue was drilled on too I seen a red spot on my tongue. I went back he said my back tooth looks fine and only thing he can do for the top teeth is bond it but it would just fall off. Really bad dentist. What can I do

    Lisa
  5. I think my filling may be too high. I’m having very bad sensitivity with the last one my dentist did and I can hardly stand any type of temperature to that tooth with out pain. The gum looks like it’s inflamed and possibly an infection may have started. How do I know if it’s because the filling is too high?

  6. Hi Lisa and Jahonna. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been having such issues with your fillings. Please do contact us and speak to a specialist member of our team. We will be more than happy to discuss this further with you. Kind regards, Yasmine Qasim

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  7. Very great post. It’s really a nice and helpful piece of info. I’m happy that you shared this helpful information with us. Thanks for sharing post with us.

  8. Following a checkup, my dentist advised me to have an old filling replacedin my lower left 7. This was done late in November. I had no pain before the new filling but it has been extremely sensitive to cold with occasional sharp pain on contact with upper teeth. This has worsened, the gap between this tooth and ll5 is often painful ( the 6 was removed 3 years ago) and the 5 has been painful.
    On Wednesday I called the surgery, explained the situation and was given an appointment for this morning (Saturday) . I duly attended on time but was seen 25 minutes later. My dentist said that the amalgam had not set properly, then told me to make an appointment to get the tooth refilled and sent me away, still in pain!
    I really don’t understand why I had to make an appointment to make another appointment!
    Also, in July 2017 the same dentist talked me into having root canal treatment after I had said I wanted the tooth extracted. The gum became infected and is still scarred, my dentist has since advised me that the root canal treatment has failed but to leave it as it is whilst my system is coping with the infection and to go back when it becomes painful.

    Yvonne Campbell
  9. Hi Yvonne. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been suffering so much pain. Please do contact us to discuss this further on 0800 051 8069 . Kind regards, Yasmine, The Dental Negligence Team

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