Dental Tips Blog

Nov
16

Signs Your Filling Needs To Be Updated

Posted in Fillings

It’s an unfortunate truth that fillings do not last forever. Your natural tooth structure is ideal. Only by keeping a natural tooth complete and clean can you make it last forever!

Once a cavity compromises a tooth, things tend to go downhill from there.

The goal of restorative dentistry is to keep your smile beautiful and comfortable, stalling or slowing that downhill process. A classic way to restore your tooth is with a minimally invasive filling.

Fillings replace gaps left by cavities and inhibit further decay. Although they fit very snugly in a tooth, fillings are still not quite part of your teeth.

Bacteria can still get in. And with time, the pressure of biting can cause changes in the shape of the filling and create gaps in the tooth around it.

As filling material ages, it breaks down. Metal tarnishes, composite resin stains, and both can chip away. Updating your fillings as soon as possible will minimize the amount of damage to your tooth.

Your filling is probably ready for an upgrade if you notice:

  • Unusual sensitivity in the tooth
  • Dark staining around edges of the filling
  • A toothache or sensitivity
  • Fractured pieces of dental restorations in your mouth or the food you chew
  • An unusually sharp edge on or inside your tooth

Your dentist will remove traces of the old filling along with any signs of returning decay. Your tooth will then be ready to receive an up-to-date, clean, comfortable, and secure new filling.

It’s never a good idea to just ignore a damaged or leaky filling! When the filling is compromised, then it simply can’t do its job of protecting your tooth. If you notice any of the above signs, schedule a visit to your dentist without delay.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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