When a dentist informs you that you have a cavity, you are probably not very happy. You accept the fact that you have to get a filling to treat the cavity and move on with your life.
You do not want to hear later on that you have another cavity. This gets worse when you find out that the new cavity formed around the filling of the old cavity. You start to wonder how could this happen?
Fillings Don't Last
The problem with fillings is that they do not last forever. Over time, a filling can shrink or become damaged. Space can form around the filling. The space is often very small, but it is big enough for bacteria to get in. The bacteria grow and that can lead to more decay and a cavity.
Preventing a cavity requires good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing removes the bacteria that grows on the teeth and professional cleaning is another key to preventing tooth decay and cavities. Even these steps are not always able to remove the bacteria that forms in the spaces around fillings. Eventually a cavity will form.
Does Not Always Happen
The good news is that cavities do not always form around fillings. There are many different factors that can lead to spaces forming around the fillings. The type of filling, the quality of the work that the dentist does, the routine you follow and other factors play a role in what happens with the filling.
The best way to prevent cavities from forming around a filling is through regular checkups. Our dental professionals can help recognize the signs of potential problems with fillings. They can take steps to prevent the cavity from forming. With the help of different diagnostic tools, they can see the signs of a cavity before it gets bigger.
If you have any questions about your oral health, take the time to contact our office and talk to our dental professionals.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS