Whether composite or amalgam, all fillings will need to be replaced, sooner or later. Some patients willingly choose to swap out metal restorations for the more aesthetic white ones. It’s actually much better to proactively replace a restoration rather than to wait until it causes you pain.
Watch out for these tell-tale signs that your current dental filling is nearly done for:
Staining is very common around old metal fillings. It may or may not hide the start of a cavity, so you should get it checked out. Even if there’s no decay yet, the discoloration may make you self-conscious about showing your teeth off in a smile.
Can you see any dark lines in the tooth around the filling?
Small fracture lines are the result of cumulative years of stress on the tooth and filling. Some fractures are too small to cause problems, but others are a sign that your tooth needs a new support.
Sensitivity usually comes and goes. But if it shows up suddenly in a spot where you have a filling, it could indicate the presence of a small fracture or cavity you can’t yet see.
You can’t leave open pieces of your tooth exposed or else they could develop more decay. If your filling has partially or completely come out, then it definitely needs to be replaced.
If you’ve noticed that a particular old filling is looking a bit worn, should you get it filled or not? Put your mind at ease with a professional evaluation. Call your dentist to schedule a checkup.
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Huebner Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics
12055 Vance Jackson Rd #103
San Antonio, TX 78230
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