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Q. Do you think that the stains next to the filling are cavities?

Answered by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 15, 2017 and last reviewed on: Mar 20, 2021

Hi doctor,

I have attached the photos of my teeth. The tooth, which is next to the tooth with a filling, has some small stains. What are these little stains? Are they cavities? This tooth often feels sensitive and at times hurts when I floss if I have food stuck between my teeth. I am on birth control pill.

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  • The stain does not seem to be a cavity by seeing the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity).
  • Sensitivity and pain while flossing seems to occur due to the deep filling and food impaction between those teeth.
  • Also, the two metal filling are touching each other, which should have been avoided as they create a small positive negative electrode effect due to constant movement while chewing and create a small charge, which will cause high sensitivity at times.
  • At least, one filling should be replaced with a composite material to prevent sensitivity. While doing it the dentist will reshape the contact point, so that it does not pain while flossing and the area cleans properly without causing food impaction.

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