Home Ask The Dentist Medicaid Polls Procedure Descriptions FAQ's Consultants Schools Directories Research


Dental Health Directory Library

FAQ:  Fillings

At Home Emergency Filling Repair
New Filling Replacement Pain
Sensitivity Product Announcements
Sensitive Teeth FAQ
Fractured Sensitivity Diagnosis
Fractures FAQ
Broken Teeth Pictures

Recurrent decay with new fillings: No matter how many times I get my teeth filled I still get cavities around the filling.

Is there another alternative to fillings that would work for me? ...Visitor from PA

If you have dental decay present, it must be taken care of by a dentist to save your teeth. You did not say what type of restorations (fillings) you had placed or how long they were in before they decayed. Also, you did not mention if your diet contains a lot of sugar or acids (soda) or what your daily home care cleaning consists of.

If your dental fillings were done by a competent dentist they should give you many years of service. They will last much longer if you eat foods low in sugars, brush and floss daily, and see your dentist a few times a year for a professional cleaning and dental examinations.

When composite (tooth colored) bonded restorations are placed the bite is adjusted and the top and all exposed surfaces are polished smooth. One extra step to help prevent recurrent decay around the margins of your new bonded restoration is for the dentist to re-etch the surface of the polished composite and then place a few layers of clear bonding resin to seal all the surfaces of the bonded filling.

If you have had silver fillings placed in your teeth, the dentist can burnish or smooth the margins of the restoration where the silver meets the edges of your tooth. Burnishing a new Amalgam (silver) restoration helps prevent decay from creeping in the sides of the tooth.

Editorial Staff

Return to Fillings FAQ

Return to FAQ Index

You also have the option of using Google search technology to conduct a specific search within our databases to find more specific information. Adjust search terms as needed to refine search results:

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

[Home]   [Ask The Dentist]   [FAQ's]   [Polls]   [Consultants]   [Directories]   [Articles]  
Contact the Editor
Technical Treatment Protocol Diagnosis Error Assessment
Free No Cost Dentist Advice
Featured in
Part of the Dental Network
Health Issues in Dentistry
Dental Fillings Questions
All rights reserved - 1999-2016
Powered by DentMedHost
Dental Pros and Cons

Free Dentistry
Bad Teeth Gums Gallery