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Tooth decay. Are you at risk of cavities?

Tooth decay is a preventable disease, and much easier to prevent than to treat afterwards. Many factors affect your susceptibilty to tooth decay, also called tooth caries, tooth rot, and tooth cavities. The internet has a wealth of information related to tooth decay, and some of our own wisdom on this issue can be found elsewhere in this blog, but the link below has good ideas on how to assess and minimise your risk of tooth decay:

If tooth decay is an issue that has you concerned, or if you need your teeth assessed to ensure that all is sound, give us a call on 01 679 0625, or check our main site for mre information:

Before and after 1- white fillings

There is now no need to suffer confidence issues with poorly finished or unsightly fillings. It is usually feasible to replace old or worn fillings with far superior materials. It may take some time to complete work like these shown, but the end result is worth the effort.

Never try replacing fillings with white ones on the cheap, as the technique and time required for successful white fillings cannot be shortcut. An average size filling in a back tooth will require at least 45 minutes in most cases, and ideally should be carried out under ‘rubber dam’ (see pictures 3+ 4- the green sheet is the rubber dam), to ensure a perfect seal.

Poorly sealed white fillings are a disaster. (picture 5 shows the decay under a white filling placed only 3 weeks before the patient attended with ourselves. Disgraceful dentistry! We gave him the pictures so that he could make a complaint) Picture 6 shows the tooth after we finished. This took an hour and 20 minutes to complete!