Can I Still Get Cavities after Fillings
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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.
- The filling was not done properly; it had small holes around its corners, helping bacteria infiltrate.
- Worn down fillings over time.
- 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
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:
- Persistent Toothache: If the throbbing tooth pain does not go away, consider it a wake-up call.
- Food Sensitivity: If your tooth sends zaps of painful impulse to extremes of temperature—both hot and cold, it means a cavity is present.
- Stains: Physical changes are the most prominent ones. The presence of black or brown spots on teeth is a clear sign.
- Pain, Swelling, Fever: Your gum size increases, turns red, and is tender to touch, along with fever may accompany filling decay.
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.