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A silicone polishing point is used to further smooth and polish the restoration. The smoother the restorative surface, the less plaque will adhere to it. And we all know that plaque is the enemy! Plaque is nothing more than millions of bacteria stuck together which release acids and toxins which can not only demineralize tooth structure (decay), but also cause gum disease which can slowly (or in some cases, rapidly) deteriorate the jaw bone which help hold our teeth firmly in place.Marginal recurring decay was confirmed through tactile exploration.13A closer look through microscopic examination reveals that there is more than just marginal staining going on here.13From a distance, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish staining from recurring decay around the margin of an existing composite restoration.13

Regular dental check-ups are key in diagnosing problems early. This tooth, for instance, could have needed a root canal and possibly a crown in a year or so if decay was not detected and treated early, and cost of treatment would have been significantly greater. Decay which has not yet progressed to the pulp or nerve of a tooth typically does not cause any pain symptoms. So see your dentist and hygienist regularly!