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January 15, 2019

What’s Hiding Under Your Old Fillings?

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_schaefer @ 8:00 pm

You may think your old silver amalgam fillings are just fine because your aren’t in fine and they still look okay. However, according to your dentist in Independence, old silver amalgam fillings are great at hiding tooth decay.

I Have a Filling How Can I Get More Cavities?

Tooth decay happens anywhere. From decayed teeth to old fillings. Because the tooth that was filled is still healthy in some places, it can become decayed. Because silver amalgam fillings can leak, crack or chip, bacteria can make its way under the restoration. This will eventually cause additional dental caries.

Can Decay Be Detected Under Dental Fillings?

Dr. David Schaefer will check your x-rays looking for edges that have formed around your silver amalgam fillings. Bacteria love to creep into the edges of restorations. Unfortunately, because there is a cap over the tooth, new tooth decay will thrive. If the filling is cracked or chipped, the problem becomes worse. All dental fillings must be smooth to prevent bacteria from seeping in.

Your dentist in Missouri will inspect your x-rays, looking for any dark areas below your filling while checking the sides of the fillings for broken pieces as well. Dr. Schaefer will also check for bone loss. Any sign of bone loss is a sign of periodontal disease that can lead to tooth loss.

Can I Prevent Further Decay?

The only way to prevent further decay in your old dental restorations is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schaefer. By examining your teeth and gums, there will be a clearer picture of what steps need to be taken including removing your old silver amalgam fillings.

If you have old dental restorations, call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist in Independence. It really is the only way to keep your mouth safe from decay and gum disease.

Call for a dental appointment today.

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3904 South Lynn Court, Independence, MO 64055 USA
David A. Schaefer, DDS Independence MO dentist (816) 252-0055