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Is It Time to Replace Your Dental Fillings?

Posted in Fillings

Almost all dental work requires an update at some point. Over time, things can simply wear out. How can you know when your fillings are due to be replaced?

When There Is Recurrent Decay

Any time a filled tooth gets a new cavity, there’s a chance the filling will have to be replaced.

You may have recurrent decay in a filled tooth if you notice:

  • Loose or broken fillings
  • Food or stain getting trapped at the edge of a restoration
  • Floss catching the edge of a filling
  • Unusual temperature or sweet sensitivity in the tooth

Recurrent decay can happen without any warning signs. Sometimes you won’t know there is a cavity under a filling until a dentist examines the tooth. X-rays are the most helpful way to check for new decay.

The new filling will be larger than the old one. You may even need to get the entire tooth crowned if the cavity is big enough.

Should You Replace Stained Fillings?

You may want to replace fillings that have discolored over time or change out a silver restoration for a white one, solely for aesthetic reasons. If the filling is small enough, replacing it may not be a problem.

But sometimes, unnecessarily replacing a strong and functional filling may only create more problems. Every time your dentist removes a restoration to place a new one, a little more tooth structure is lost and your tooth gets weaker.

If your restoration is serving your tooth well and replacing it would only jeopardize your smile, then it may be best to wait a few more years.

Talk with a restorative dentist near you to find out whether or not your fillings need updating.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

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