it went pretty well. i got the oxygen through the nitrous mask. didn't do the rubber dam. we talked about it, but on that protocol linked to on the mercury fillings thread they say it's 6 one way and half a dozen the other one using 'em. apparently they might let the amalgam collect underneath 'em and i guess get up under the gum? anyway i don't know if i made the right call, but we skipped it and just relied on the suction. dr g and her asst were very conscientious, though, and knew i was concerned about minimizing any exposure and i feel pretty good about it.
unfortunately it looks like i'll be paying her lots more visits (and lots more $$, too). all my old amalgams have leaked and allowed decay underneath. she was a little dismayed at how bad the two teeth she worked on were. it's kind of disconcerting to hear your dentist say, "oh, this is bad. really
bad," while you've got your mouth hanging open, but i think she did a good job. she was kinda surprised that the one she crowned wasn't 'causing me pain that would indicate a root canal, but it really hasn't bothered me. i think we probably got it just in the nick of time. the other was just a filling where an amalgam had been and leaked and i think the decay had just spread down more than was evident on the xrays.
it was 2.5 hours in the chair, but y'know it feels pretty good today. i did end up taking a little ibuprofen last night at dh's urging and also 'cause i thought it might help dd a little. she's teething and was having a rough night last night and she hates me trying to give her anything although i did try (in vain i think) to get a little homeopathic remedy in her. i don't know if enough ibuprofen got through mama's milk to help her or not, but it did pretty much make what minor discomfort i had go away. she eventually got to sleep, too.
i did change clothes and took a shower a little while after i got home. i felt kinda silly since i didn't feel
particularly toxic, but i figured it couldn't hurt. i've been taking the C and echinachea, too. the lidocaine still numbed pretty well. they were generous, though. haven't tried the merc viv. do you think it would be a good idea with the other amalgams still in there?
thanks for all your advice.
p.s. they look lots better than those ugly old amalgams, too...