Today we wanted to talk about a common issue many of our patients have. On our Health History forms we have the question, “Have you had problems or undesirable experiences with previous dental treatments?” Many of our patients have stated there that they requested no amalgam fillings, but they were put in anyways! You might be wondering, “well how is that possible?”
The answer to that is communication, and the lack of REALLY listening to what the patient wants. As for the amalgams, sometimes they are left behind when a crown is made and they are found years later. They can be underneath old crowns, fillings, or bridges. Other times, some dentists take it upon themselves to make decisions for the patient without consulting with them about what they would prefer.