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Apr
29

Three Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Fillings

Posted in Fillings

Just like a patch on a tire, fillings in your teeth will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Waiting until it’s too late could result in the tooth breaking down and requiring more invasive therapy. Here are a few things to watch out for:

Rough Edges Around the Tooth

Your tongue can feel even very minor changes when it comes to your teeth and the restorations inside of your mouth. The slightest alteration will catch its attention all day long. If you feel a rough area or something that has a sharp surface against your tongue, there’s almost a 100% chance that something is going on. 

Sensitivity

Leaky margins around your filling can cause you to be sensitive to certain temperatures or types of foods. Even pressure could bother it. If you feel a slight twinge during a meal, then don’t ignore it. Most likely your filling is beginning to creep away from the tooth. 

Something “Doesn’t Feel Quite Right”

You would be surprised to hear how many people come into the dentist without any specific symptoms other than the description that something feels a bit “off.” Lo and behold, something really is! If your tooth seems different, then have your dentist check it out.

Regular check-ups and x-rays can help your dentist monitor the health of your fillings, catching the worn ones before symptoms start to show up. Be sure to visit your dentist at least every 6 months, or sooner if you feel changes inside of your mouth. The quicker you get access to care, the simpler and more affordable it will be to correct the issue that has come up.

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

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