Just like everything else, dental restorations wear out over time. Sometimes it’s obvious that they’ve worn out because they simply fall out or the tooth breaks apart. Other times it isn’t too evident, and patients wonder if their dentist is really telling them the truth about a filling needing to be replaced when the tooth seems to be fine. Here are 5 signs that it might be time you need to have that dental filling replaced after all.
#1: It doesn’t feel quite right when you chew.
Sometimes the slightest twinge is all we need to know that a restoration has given up. For older fillings, this is usually one of the first signs that it is leaking or starting to allow bacteria to seep in around it. Changing it out and resealing the area with a new restoration will help preserve your tooth.
#2: You’re experiencing some discomfort to sweets or temperature changes.
Sweet sensitivity (especially liquids like soda) are a red flag that new decay has developed around an existing filling.
#3: Food is packing around the tooth.
An open space around the filling due to breakdown of the tooth or new decay will provide an easy space for food to pack in after each meal. If you have to use something to clean the tooth out every time you eat, you probably have a hole in the enamel or lost a filling.
#4: Your floss shreds every time you clean the tooth.
Rough edges around a filling can catch floss and make it shred when you clean between those areas. A healthy restoration will be flush against your enamel and not allow something to catch around it.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel
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