Can I Still Get Cavities after Fillings

Did you think getting cavities filled once will be the end of your problems? Not so much. A tooth, once through with filling, is still vulnerable to cavities. Let’s discuss this further.

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    Cavities under Fillings - The Issue of Recurrent Tooth Decay

    When a cavity starts budding under filling, it is known as recurrent decay. This can happen due to several factors.

    1. The filling was not done properly; it had small holes around its corners, helping bacteria infiltrate.
    2. Worn down fillings over time.
    3. The choice of filling material did not align the best way with the particular tooth’s needs, making it useless in safeguarding against cavities.

    Negligence by the dentist and improper filling of cavities is just one issue; other habits such as vigorous chewing, excessive tooth grinding, and jaw clenching can also take a toll on your recent dental work.

    Unwarranted pressure gives rise to cracks in the fillings, which leads to an entryway for the bacteria to infiltrate and plague your teeth. As fillings go down with time, their efficacy lessens to a considerable extent.

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    Symptoms and Treatment of Recurrent Decay

    The best way to minimize your risk of cavity development in the same tooth is to notice early signs and get in touch with a specialist for treatment. Always examine your teeth while brushing for any new cracks or breakages around the filling area.

    Signs/Symptoms to Look Out For

    Knowing the symptoms of tooth decay is important so that you can promptly respond when any of these indicators surface:

    1. Persistent Toothache: If the throbbing tooth pain does not go away, consider it a wake-up call.
    2. Food Sensitivity: If your tooth sends zaps of painful impulse to extremes of temperature—both hot and cold, it means a cavity is present.
    3. Stains: Physical changes are the most prominent ones. The presence of black or brown spots on teeth is a clear sign.
    4. Pain, Swelling, Fever: Your gum size increases, turns red, and is tender to touch, along with fever may accompany filling decay.

    Treatment

    Different treatment options are available, and the final choice depends on the severity of the cavity under your filling. Usually, for mild cases of cavities, fluoride treatment works well.

    However, in case of an infection, the best treatment is a root canal procedure. This procedure is only needed if decay has spread to the tooth’s pulp; root canals are the best alternative to total tooth extraction.

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    Closing Note

    If you have more questions or comments regarding dental fillings and recurrent cavities under it, do not hesitate to get in touch with the professionals from ACE Dental of Killeen. You can reach us at (254) 978-5926 to learn more about the treatment and prevention plans we have to offer.

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    ACE Dental of Killeen
    3650 West Stan Schlueter Loop Suite 160
    Killeen, TX 76549
    Phone: (254) 978-5926

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    We are dedicated to providing our patients with complete dental care, no matter the complexity of their needs. From regular exams and cleanings to more intricate treatments like crowns or root canals, we have the knowledge and equipment necessary for maintaining a healthy smile. Our offices are located all over town; come visit us today!

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