Prevention is always better than a cure. Seeing your dentist regularly can ensure any damaged fillings are spotted as soon as possible to avoid cavities forming underneath.

Key takeaways:

– Sometimes gaps form beneath fillings due to damage allowing food particles and bacteria to accumulate, causing cavities.

– You will only notice symptoms once the decay is quite advanced, so it’s important to have regular dental checkups to catch the problem early.

– A damaged filling can easily be replaced with a new one.

“If you grind your teeth at night, this can quickly damage fillings and cause more problems.”

Dr. Gerald O'Connor B.D.S., N.U.I. (hons) (Principal Dentist & Owner)

Dr Gerald O’Connor qualified with honours from University College Cork in 1998, where he achieved his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree and was awarded the Kerr Prize for Restorative Dentistry. Following his qualification, he spent 6 years gaining experience in a dental clinic in Essex before buying his own practice in 2004. Dr O’Connor quickly added a second location in 2006 and formed the Oak Dental Group.

After returning to Ireland in 2013, he set up Killiney Dental with his long-time partner Rosemarie. Gerald has a wealth of experience in dentistry with a vested interest in modern, evidence-based solutions. He enjoys implementing new dental treatments that are minimally invasive for patients without compromising their desire for an idealised smile. Dr O’Connor currently serves on the Irish Dental Association’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys films, music, fiction writing and being anywhere in sight of the sea.