If you have heard the term “recurrent cavities” used to describe your oral health, you may not know exactly what it means. Recurrent cavities are a type of tooth decay that occurs under an existing restoration like a filling, onlay, or crown. While each situation is different, there are two main causes: poor oral hygiene and microleakage.
Poor Oral Hygiene and Recurrent Cavities
Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping your teeth and mouth clean in order to prevent dental problems. Failure to maintain good oral hygiene can result in a variety of conditions, including cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Even with a restoration in place, poor oral hygiene can still result in a future cavity in the restored tooth.
Poor oral hygiene is a result of your failure to maintain good brushing and flossing habits. These activities are a necessity to remove plaque from the teeth and to prevent tartar from accumulating. Eating certain foods can also increase your risk of dental diseases, but good oral hygiene can prevent these issues.
Microleakage and Recurrent Cavities
Microleakage occurs when minute amounts of fluid, microorganism, and debris leak through microscopic spaces within a dental restoration. This could also occur within the cement and the surface of the cavity preparation. The fluid could move into the dentin or pulp layers of the teeth, and it may ultimately result in a secondary cavity, restoration failure, and loss of the tooth.
If you experience recurrent cavities, it is important to identify the cause of the problem. If microleakage is to blame, you may need the restoration to be replaced to prevent future leakage. If poor oral hygiene is the culprit, you may need re-education to better understand how to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
In addition to proper brushing and flossing, regular dental evaluations are needed to prevent recurrent cavities. Call us today to set up your appointment.