Does a Permanent Retainer Affect Getting a Cavity Filled?

A permanent retainer can help ensure that the straight teeth and smile you’ve worked so hard for last for years to come. Without one, your teeth may gradually shift back into their original positions and you may feel like all the time, money, and energy you’ve spent on orthodontic care has been wasted.

Many of our patients have asked us how a permanent retainer affects cavity fillings. In most cases, dentists will need to remove a permanent retainer before a filling. However, the retainer can be put back on after the procedure so there’s no reason to worry.

If you have a cavity, you shouldn’t avoid getting a filling for the sole reason that your permanent retainer may need to be temporarily removed. A filling is an effective way to keep your tooth decay from further damaging your tooth. It seals up the small hole in your tooth that has been created by decay causing bacteria.

Believe it or not, fillings are one of the most common dental procedures performed. Left untreated, your cavity won’t go away. Instead, it’ll spread deeper inside your tooth and may eventually lead to serious pain and discomfort. It can also lead to tooth loss, making a filling a very important procedure that should not be avoided because you have a permanent retainer.

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For more information on permanent retainers and how they affect cavities, we encourage you to contact our Richmond, VA office at 804.409.0387 today. We look forward to meeting you!