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After caries removal, a fissure in the anterior area

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Posted by: lamonica  (10 years ago)

I suffered from caries on the #22 tooth (on the sides – it was only visible on one side, but apparently located on both). My dentist drilled and prepared a plastic filling – so far, so good. However, in doing so, the #22 suffered significant “shrinkage.” Now there is a rather wide gap between the #22 and the neighboring teeth (compared to the previous situation and compared to the gaps between the other teeth). I was shocked when I looked in the mirror at home because I had not been warned in any way at all. Is this normal? Isn’t it possible to shape the filling in such a way that the gap between the teeth is the same as it was before? Shouldn’t my dentist have warned me and informed me about possible alternatives?

I have not had much luck with dentists in the past and while I have a more or less good feeling about this one, sometimes I am not so sure about his professional expertise. I do not want to blame any bad work to him since, after all, I am a layman and don’t know much about such things. I would be very thankful to you for an answer.

Best regards!
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