I am very upset. My nine year old has ongoing dental issues. We moved her about a year ago, and I put off finding a new dentist because I knew it was going to be hard. I finally had to find one because ds was complaining of a toothache. Took him to the practice mostly based on the fact that they were open on Fridays, (it being a Friday), but also based on many good reviews. The dentist said he needed multiple fillings (including 2 pulpotomies) and an extraction, even though it had been less than a year since his last dental visit. He has had a lot of cavities, so I decided that they were probably right. The slip I was given stated on it that it would be only composite (non-mercury) fillings in his baby teeth, along with sealants in his permanent teeth. I went ahead and scheduled him, and he had two visits (different dentist in the same practice). After the second one, I noticed that one of his fillings was shiny, and upon examination saw that it was silver. I then called the dentist and found out they had filled two permanent teeth and two baby teeth, all with amalgam fillings! Even the tooth with the pulpotomy and crown had an amalgam filling under the crown! Ack!
Removing these fillings is going to be prohibitively expensive.
Do you think its possible to sue the dentist, based on the statement on the plan I was given that the fillings would be composite? We don't have a lot of money, and I have never sued anyone. Should I just chalk it up as lesson learned, and never go to a dentist unless it's one that says they never use amalgam fillings?