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My dentist thinks I’m an idiot

There is nothing I deplore more than being talked down to. My dentist and I have always gotten on generally well. However, since I’ve had a child, I’ve done more research….well, let’s say a neurotic amount of research. My daughter needs a filling. I want a composite filling for her, not a silver filling. My dentist insists they are inferior to silver fillings. I know they’re not, but it’s more than that. He treated me like some idiot.  Do you have a recommendation on how to convince him?

Shari D. – Washington

Shari,

I’ll be honest. I think this isn’t the best dentist for your family. You really want someone who listens to you. Plus, you’re right, his information is inacurate. However, I suspect he really knows better, but isn’t comfortable placing them. He’d never admit that, so he tries to make you feel like you know less than he does.

Don’t force the issue. If he’s uncomfortable with the procedure, he’s likely not to do it well.  You’ll need to find a dentist that is more comfortable listening to you. You might also want to ask ahead of time if they’re a mercury free dentist. That will ensure that you’re able to get your daughter composite fillings.

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