I take really good care of teeth at home but I've been bad about getting to the dentist. I went pretty much regularly as a kid, then in 1994 when I was 17yo, then not again until 2010. At that time, I had three tiny cavities. I use a Sonicare, floss regularly, and limit carbs. I thought I was doing pretty good, but got a coupon for a cleaning, exam, and xrays for $60 so went back to the dentist last week for the first time in two years.
It seems an old amalgam filling which was placed in the late 80's (I believe) has cracked in half and a chunk is missing. The new dentist that I saw this last time doesn't take any special precaution, but offered to use a rubber dam to make me happy. The price they gave me was $170 to have the amalgam removed and replaced with composite. I've called four holistic dentists, and they won't tell me if it's likely to cost a lot more, except one who said it could go up to 800 freaking dollars for one removal/filling. !!!
So, what should I do? I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue as it is; I don't want to do anything to make it worse. But I've had lots of mercury exposure in the past...vaxxed on schedule (no boosters as an adult), other broken fillings (presumably, I swallowed the amalgam, as I woke up with a cracked filling and no chunks in my mouth), and when I was 5 or 6, my dad busted open an old mercury thermometer to let me play with the beads of liquid metal inside.
None of these exposures has killed me...but I am kind of a mess health-wise. I also need to have my wisdom teeth removed. I'm now 35yo, and there are 5, yes FIVE 3rd molars. It's gonna cost close to two grand. WWYD about the broken filling? Should I let the mainstream guy do it, or just suck it up, dip into my savings, and have the crunchy dentist handle the amalgam removal?