Have you had your white, composite fillings for several years? Are you wondering whether or not it’s time to have them replaced? Just like other types of restorations, tooth colored fillings can wear out as well. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re considering replacing your fillings or having cosmetic dental treatment completed:
Do You Plan on Whitening Your Teeth?
If whitening your smile is in your near future, then you’ll want to discuss your options with your dentist. Fillings, of course, do not change color when you whiten your teeth. They are permanently shaded a certain color. Talk to your dentist about your whitening treatment and how to match new fillings to the new color of your teeth.
Are The Margins Leaky?
Do you see dark stain around the edge of your filling? Did the filling used to blend in with your tooth but now it stands out? It could be that bacteria and stain particles are beginning to seep into a leaky gap around your filling. New tooth decay could develop in these areas, so have your dentist check them regularly.
Do You Have Sensitivity?
Sensitivity to cold, hot, or sweets can be an indication that your filling needs to be changed out. Pressure or air sensitivity are also red flags. If the sensitivity affects only the one specific tooth, then it’s time to have it checked out.
Regular visits with your dentist can identify problems like these before you begin to see or experience symptoms. With a routine exam and x-rays, your dentist can help keep your dental treatment to a minimum and your smile healthier for years to come.
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Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
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