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Mar
3

5 Signs You Need a Dental Filling

Posted in Fillings

You woke up with a toothache and now you’re terrified that you need a filling.

What are some of the signs that you may need dental treatment?

  1. Broken Old Fillings

Do you have any existing fillings that are in bad shape? Damaged dental work should be repaired or replaced completely to protect your tooth. Chipped, stained, or missing restorations are a good sign that you could use a new filling.

  1. Dark Stain on Your Tooth

Not all cavities are brown or black, but an unusual spot of stain on your tooth could indicate an area of decay that needs to be filled.

  1. Tooth Sensitivity

Does your tooth zing painfully when you breathe in cold air, sip on a hot drink, or chew on something sweet? Tooth sensitivity is a sign that your tooth could be damaged by decay and your nerve is now a bit exposed to the elements.

  1. Food Getting Stuck in Your Tooth

If you have a cavity, then you may get food stuck in the hole every time you eat. This can lead to sensitivity, bad breath, and a bad taste in your mouth.

  1. Floss Catching on Your Tooth

If you floss on a regular basis, you’ll know something is wrong when the floss gets stuck between teeth where it never got stuck before. Snagging floss can be an indication that you have a cavity eating a hole into the side of your tooth.

Think You Need a Filling?

The best way to find out for sure whether or not you need a filling is to see your dentist. Your dentist can visually examine your tooth and check it with x-rays for earlier, less-invasive treatment.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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