I have had an amalgam filling for about 39 years(I am 47). I am currently on vacation in Mostar, herceogvina and I have a lot of pain in that tooth. The dentist here told me it is because "the filling is old." All he did was take a panographic xray. I told him I could feel pressure when he puffed air into the tooth and that when I eat it hurts. now 2 days later It has become worse when I bite and even dull pain persists when I am not biting: all the time. I know I am not a dentist but this pain Is FAMILIAR just as when I had an infection in the tooth extracted with an implant now. Yea, I don't think so. I can feel pain which indicates an inflammation or infection. I had one before in one of those ancient amalgams and I ended up having to get an implant. I don't have any more money for dental implants. Why are these dentists looking in my mouth and telling me everything is OKAY when it isn't? If a filling needs to be replaced why do they not inform me when they are placing an implant and doing an exam of the teeth! I mean I never really thought about these ancient amalgams but now that I think of it I think it is Bizarre that it lasted 40 years and was Not replaced. No one suggested "you know since you have had that filling since 1977 or 1978 I think we should remove it and fill it again because we didn't know a lot back then and you will lose your tooth if there is any loosening and decay in the loose pockets which there will be since it is FORTY years old! I relied on the poor judgment of the dentist to tell me what was important to do and NOT ONE mentioned that maybe a 40 year old filling should be replaced! excuse me if I am a bit angry that I have to probably get another tooth yanked from my skull because of lazy ass dentists. and fork over another 2000euro for a SECOND freakin implant. Thanks! so much! I am NOT 70 or even 50 but you have made me feel like a decaying person. It feels great when you look 15 years younger than your age but are losing your teeth one after the other like a 70 year old: having them yanked from your skull is so much fun. Thank You all so much.Not stressful at all! I am having a great vacation. I am now studying scientific journal articles on the internet because OBVIOUSLY I am not going to lose any more teeth. My greatest stressor is my teeth therefore I clench tem. Don't tell people not to clench their teeth from stress when you are the "root" cause..