Signs Your Filling May Need to Be Replaced

By Penny Creek Family and Implant Dentistry
June 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Fillings are designed to be tough, but they must be replaced eventually. Our Mill Creek, WA, dentists, Dr. Chad Slocum and Dr. Sara fillingsLundgaard, share a few signs that may indicate that it's time for a new filling.

The filling is cracked

Wear and tear can eventually cause fillings to crack. Although it usually takes years of wear to crack a filling, the problem can occur sooner if you grind your teeth. Any opening in a tooth, even one as narrow as crack, can allow bacteria to enter the tooth and cause decay. In some cases, you may actually see a crack in a filling, but in others, you might not know you have one until you have X-rays during a dental visit.

Your tooth hurts

If you have a crack in your tooth, you may develop a cavity under the filling. It's important to schedule a visit with our Mill Creek office if you develop pain in a tooth that has been filled.

You feel pain when you drink cold beverages

Sensitivity to cold temperatures can occur as a result of leaky fillings. The problem happens when fillings don't adhere tightly to the sides of your teeth.

Your old filling has changed color

Tooth-colored composite resin fillings can eventually become darker or may look slightly yellow. Replacing the filling restores your tooth's appearance.

Your filling has fallen out

There's no doubt that you need a new filling if you've lost all or part of your filling. If this happens, call us as soon as possible during regular office hours. You might experience a little pain when the tooth is exposed to the air or hot or cold temperatures. If this happens, applying a little dental cement, available in drug stores, can help reduce the sensitivity.

Your filling is old

Depending on the type of material used, fillings usually last between seven to 15 years. If your filling is old and showing some signs of wear, it's best to replace it before it cracks.

Replacing problem fillings promptly can help you avoid tooth decay. If you're concerned about a filling, call our Mill Creek, WA, dentists, Dr. Slocum and Dr. Lundgaard, at (425) 337-7300 to schedule an appointment.

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