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Secondary Cavities
The appearance of a cavity at a place which has already been treated for cavities is known as secondary caries. Secondary cavities develop in places of dental treatment such as fillings or edge of a crown which is faulty or unpolished or has an over jet. A secondary cavity is different from cavities relapse of carious teeth, which is the worsening of a cavity which has not completely of a cavity that has not healed completely. This usually happens as a result of faulty caries treatment. Secondary cavities appears because of faulty dental procedures such as over jet on the edges of a crown or insufficient edges or excessive cement. After a caries treatment or the placing of a crown, if the patient is not careful about the dental hygiene of the carious teeth, the result is secondary cavities. When full treatment of the carious teeth has been completed, it becomes difficult to detect the secondary cavities as the patient does not feel any pain. If after the caries treatment the patient experiences a foul taste in the mouth or bad breath, it should be immediately probed as these are the sure signs of secondary cavities, in the absence of any pain. This is because pain is usually felt after the gums and teeth have become inflamed and it is too late to save the tooth in which secondary cavities has developed. The video explains the appearance and consequences of secondary cavities in carious teeth in greater detail.
Produced: 04/2011