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Experience:  Over two decades of clinical practice. Completed a medical internship in New York City
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I have Lichen Planus and have read that metal fillings can

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I have Lichen Planus and have read that metal fillings can make the symptoms worse. Can I get white fillings on the NHS? I am with an NHS dentist already.
JA: The Dentist can help. Just a couple quick questions before I transfer you. Have you had any past tests or treatments related to the fillings? If so, what were the results?
Customer: Not related to my fillings. I was referred to the Macillio Facial dept at Royal Surrey Hospital and am now with Macillio Facial at St Peter's hospital.
JA: Can you see or feel anything else in your mouth that is causing concern?
Customer: Yes I have been diagnosed with Lichen Planus on my tongue. It will be 6yrs in January
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Dentist should know?
Customer: I have asked for all my metal fillings to be replaced with white fillings when I had a private denr
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  wieyedoc replied 7 months ago.

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Expert:  wieyedoc replied 7 months ago.

There is no proof that metal tooth fillings have any effect on lichen planus.
I would strongly consul you to leave things alone.

I fear you will find,after a lot of pain, time and cost to replace your current fillings, your lichen planus will be unchanged.

I realize that this was not the answer you were hoping to hear but it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I have to have three teeth filled which have white fillings so I either pay for more white( which I can't afford as a pensioner) and have been told that as they are rear teeth I have to pay for white fillings again.
Expert:  wieyedoc replied 7 months ago.

If you can afford the normal amalgam filling you can go ahead and do that knowing that there is no credible research/evidence that it will affect your lichen planus in any way.

You will be fine.

Make sense?

It's safe for you to press the positive feedback button now if you so desire. And, never fear, even after you press that button I'll still be right here to continue helping you, but, as I do work for tips, I want to make sure you are happy before rating me.

Dr. Rick MD FACS