Old Fillings Leak

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Most of us are used to going for a dental check-up and they use the dreaded pick to see if your fillings are OK. Unfortunately the pick will miss most of the cavities because if your old fillings are leaking, the decay is NOT on the surface. It is deep under the surface.

When fillings are there 5, 10 or 15 years and longer they start to corrode, crack and leak. The germs and food can get in and silently rot your teeth underneath, inside, where you cannot see or feel it.

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Look at the pictures below. If you were in the supermarket and picked up a jar of mayonnaise and the metal cap looked like this, would you take the jar home and expect the contents to be fresh? No way! Now look at what is inside the tooth. Yuck!

Look at the rotten decay deep under the filling where it cannot be felt or seen, even with x-rays.

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The only way to find these huge cavities is by carefully looking using a powerful video camera to see these openings that are letting the germs and food collect inside your teeth. The decay causes your teeth to silently rot, leading to infections, abscesses and root canals.

More information can be found at www.DentalCareStamford.com

1)Old filling with tell tale cracks.  2)Decay is obvious once filling is removed.  3)Decay is removed, leaving large hole.  4)Same tooth with NEW filling.
Old filling with tell tale cracks. Decay is obvious once filling is removed. Decay is removed, leaving large hole in tooth. Same tooth with NEW filling.

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