It’s an unfortunate fact of life and dentistry: restorations wear out. By keeping up with your restorative needs, however, you can maintain a high standard of living so that your life isn’t interrupted as frequently by dental discomfort.
You can be alert to key factors that indicate you should upgrade your filling so as to improve the quality of your dental health.
If a filling is so aged that it has microscopic leakage around the edges, it is possible for bacteria to infiltrate and reinfect the area around the filling. This kind of decay is called recurrent, and may be noticed on an x-ray before you are aware of any symptoms.
Sensitivity or soreness
Whether due to a filling loosening because of decay or changes in the shape of the tooth, sensitivity around a tooth could be a sign the filling is failing to protect the tooth.
Change in shape of the filling
A tooth is subjected to pressures of chewing over time, and even more so if grinding/clenching is involved. These intense pressures affect the fit of a filling, and can result in small fractures in the tooth.
These are less-common, than they used to be. There is no reliable evidence that the mercury content of amalgam (metal) fillings is high enough to pose a health risk, but some people gain peace of mind by updating their metal fillings to the more modern and esthetic tooth-colored composite resin fillings.
Talk with your dentist soon about the possibility of updating your existing fillings to prevent bigger problems down the road. Changing your filling out ahead of time can eliminate the need for more comprehensive treatments and keep fillings smaller.
Posted on behalf of:
Carolina Comfort Dental
5511 Raeford Rd #255
Fayetteville, NC 28304
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