If the filling has come loose, or the cavity has grown, you may be in need of a new filling. This happens now and again, and can leave you with a loose filling that you did not even realize you had.
Dentists Look at A Lot When Looking Over Your X-RaysNot only does your dentist want to see if your old fillings are still sitting right, but they also want to take a peek at your teeth that do not currently have filings.
A dentist is able to see a cavity forming on an x-ray, allowing the dentist to go in and clean up the cavity before it becomes a problem. The sooner that a cavity is caught on film, the more it can be stopped before it grows, and the less likely you are to require a filling.
Your dentist is also going to look at the roots of your teeth. If an abscess is about to form, they will be able to see it on the x-ray before they are going to see any symptoms in your mouth. Your dentist is going to use your x-rays as a tool to help keep your mouth healthier. They are also going to compare x-rays from visit to visit to see if anything has changed in your mouth that could require their attention.
X-rays are an important part of your dental visit. If you want to know more about what your dentist is seeing when he or she looks at your x-rays, ask them at your next appointment. Dentists love it when patients are proactive about their own oral health.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about your fillings.