Fillings don’t last forever. That’s why regular care and maintenance is necessary. Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and routine dental care can help your filling last as long as possible. But how will you know when it’s time to finally have your filling replaced?
Your Tooth is Sensitive
Sensitivity to certain types of foods or drinks is a red flag that something is going on with your tooth. Especially if it is something sweet, like juice, diet soda or sweet tea. If sudden temperature sensitivity is noted, that could also be a clue that it’s time to have your filling checked out by a dentist.
Something “Doesn’t Feel Right”
Does your tooth feel funny when you bite down? Maybe there is even a rough surface somewhere that you can’t quite point out, or food is getting stuck after meals when that used to never be a problem. If something feels “off,” it could be that the filling or the tooth around it is starting to break down.
There Are Shadows on the X-Ray
Intermittent dental x-rays are essential to diagnosing cavities before they are visible in a clinical exam. In some cases, tooth decay can seep into the margin of your filling without you ever knowing it. On the x-ray, this will show up as a shadow or dark grey area around the tooth.
Once a problem is spotted, it is important to have your filling replaced right away. Otherwise the situation could get worse and impact a larger area of tooth structure. If you suspect that your filling may be giving out, schedule a check-up with your dentist right away.
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Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
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