If you think that tooth decay cannot occur underneath your restorations, think again. According to your Dentist in Pasadena, cavities can be lurking beneath your crowns and fillings without you even knowing it.

According to your Pasadena Dentists, Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert K. Funatsu, Dr. Daniel J. Iannotti, and Dr. J. Michael Jann, tooth restorations are twice as likely to get cavities underneath. Poor oral hygiene, cracks, tooth damage, and leaks can be just a few of the reasons that you are developing cavities underneath your existing fillings.

Mercury filings are not normally bonded to your teeth and with biting, chewing, gnawing and grinding, you could be asking for trouble. Because silver amalgam fillings are not bonded to the tooth, the tooth is much weaker than it would normally be, and unfortunately, the only person that would know if you have a cavity underneath a filling is your Pasadena Dentist.

When you schedule a check up with your Dentist in Pasadena, Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert K. Funatsu, Dr. Daniel J. Iannotti or Dr. J. Michael Jann they will do a thorough examination including x-rays. The only way to tell if you have tooth decay under your existing tooth colored resin fillings, silver amalgam fillings, or crowns is to see your Pasadena Dentist.

Unfortunately, if you have tooth decay under your fillings, you may be the last to know. Once the pain has set in the decay, plaque, bacteria and tartar may have already reached the nerve, which means that you will most likely need a root canal.

Even if you brush your teeth twice and floss once a day you still may have cavities developing under your existing restorations, and if left unattended those leaking restorations could lead to dangerous abscess.

Prevention is always worth a pound of cure and if you have not seen your Pasadena Dentist in the last six months you may already have tooth decay developing underneath your crowns or fillings. Call today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert K. Funatsu, Dr. Daniel J. Iannotti, or Dr. J. Michael Jann.  The health of your teeth and gums really does depend on it. 

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