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Q. Can general dentist replace braces and filling?

Answered by
Dr. Sandeep Menon
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 11, 2016 and last reviewed on: May 27, 2020

Hi doctor,

I have fillings on the buccal surface of some of my upper incisors and regular metal braces attached currently. I believe when I chewed some crackers one of my fillings got loosened. I can feel pain and sensation from exposure to water. However, as my braces are still attached I cannot truly know where and how the filling has been loosened. Whom should I visit first, either my general dentist who did my fillings or the orthodontist? Can my general dentist be able to remove the braces and do the refilling? Please help.

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Hi,

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  • You have to visit your orthodontist first. The filling has to be replaced soon and it should not be delayed.
  • It might be possible for the orthodontist himself to fill the cavity without removing the braces. If not, then he can remove them and put a new archwire.
  • General dentists cannot replace the braces with as much finesse as an orthodontist does.
  • People who wear braces are prone to get food deposits on teeth. This may worsen the decay. So, please get in touch with your orthodontist soon.

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