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FAQ

My dentist placed a filling but said food will be trapped between the teeth

Questions: My dentist placed a filling but said food will be trapped between the teeth and recommends a crown or onlay/inlay.  Why won’t a filling work?

Answer: Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost and it is very difficult/impossible to properly place a well sealed filling that won’t fail.  Food being trapped irritates the gum/tooth and cause increase the risk for a cavity being formed on the teeth where the gap is.  It can also cause bone loss due to the irritation which is called ‘food impaction’. A crown or only/inlay can be made outside of the mouth by a lab from an impression taken.  They are then cemented in or glued to the tooth.

Submitted by Dr. Alex Rosenczweig – a dentist at Accord Dental Clinic in Kitsilano.

Questions: My dentist placed a filling but said food will be trapped between the teeth and recommends a crown or onlay/inlay.  Why won’t a filling work? Answer: Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost and it is very difficult/impossible to properly place a well sealed filling that won’t fail.  Food being…

FAQ

How can I tell if I am brushing and flossing properly?

For brushing, just brush your teeth gently and pay special attention to the areas where your teeth and gums meet. Clean the surface of every tooth by brushing with a circular motion and use the tip of the bristles to clean behind the upper and lower front teeth

For flossing, take a generous piece and wrap it around your middle fingers. Using a clean section of floss each time, wrap the floss around your tooth in a C shape. Then, wipe it over the tooth from base to tip. Repeat for every tooth.

For brushing, just brush your teeth gently and pay special attention to the areas where your teeth and gums meet.