Types of Filling Options When You Have Cavities Between Two Teeth

May 30, 2019 |

When people think of cavities, they usually image a black hole on the top of the tooth. However, that’s only one type of cavity. Another type is called an interproximal cavity.

This type of cavity occurs between two teeth. Interproximal cavities are fairly common because the bacteria that cause them can only really be dealt with by flossing. Since many people skip over flossing regularly, these bacteria bread and attack the enamel of the teeth on either side.

Signs You Have a Cavity Between Two Teeth

These cavities are also often hard to visually identify. How can you tell if you’re dealing with an interproximal cavity? There are a few symptoms to look for. First, you might notice that drinking or eating something cold causes a jolt of pain in a certain part of your mouth. You might also feel pain or discomfort if you chew on that side of your mouth. If the cavity gets too large and actually exposes the root on one or both of the affected teeth, you’ll definitely know it—you’ll be in a lot of pain.

How Are these Cavities Fixed?

Fixing these cavities requires a filling. Like other types of cavities, you do have several choices for the material used in the filling. Most people choose a composite material that looks similar to the color of your teeth. These fillings are often hard to see, making them ideal for cavities in the front of your mouth. You can also make use of amalgam fillings. These fillings contain silver and may be more noticeable to others.

Don’t Let Cavities Remain Untreated!

If you think you have a cavity between two of your teeth, you need to call and make an appointment with us right away. If you let the cavity go too long without treatment, it can result in the need for a root canal or even tooth extraction.