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I had a cavity in one of back tooth the dentist repaired it two months ago. Now I noticed a black hole on the side. Is it the retainer damaging it?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Black spot

Black spot most probably a previously placed silver filling or a new cavity.
Retainers are generally kind to the teeth. Please return to the Dentist who recently restored this tooth, or to the Dentist or specialist Orthodontist who made the retainer, and have both the tooth and the retainer evaluated.

In brief: Black spot

Black spot most probably a previously placed silver filling or a new cavity.
Retainers are generally kind to the teeth. Please return to the Dentist who recently restored this tooth, or to the Dentist or specialist Orthodontist who made the retainer, and have both the tooth and the retainer evaluated.
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree

In brief: Evaluation by DDS

Could be a new cavity, stain, or old discolored filling.
Unlikely damage from retainer. See your regular DDS for assessment.

In brief: Evaluation by DDS

Could be a new cavity, stain, or old discolored filling.
Unlikely damage from retainer. See your regular DDS for assessment.
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Highly unlikely

Some patients see a small amalgam filling and think its a "cavity" or a "hole".
That's just a pure guess. If you want to know for sure what it is and if there is anything wrong, you will need to see your own dentist who can take a look and tell you.

In brief: Highly unlikely

Some patients see a small amalgam filling and think its a "cavity" or a "hole".
That's just a pure guess. If you want to know for sure what it is and if there is anything wrong, you will need to see your own dentist who can take a look and tell you.
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Not usually

Retainers are designed to passively keep your teeth in place and not to damage them. Please see your dentist to determine if that "black hole" is another carious lesion.

In brief: Not usually

Retainers are designed to passively keep your teeth in place and not to damage them. Please see your dentist to determine if that "black hole" is another carious lesion.
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