- On March 27, 2019
Fillings help prevent the growth and spread of bacteria that caused the tooth to decay. Fillings are designed to last for years, with some going beyond 15 to 40 years.
However, with use, a filling may crack, fall out, or wear down, which then creates space that can harbor bacteria again. Knowing when to get your filling repaired or replaced before it gets to that point will help keep your teeth and mouth healthy and, in turn, cut down on long-term dental costs.
Pain or Sensitivity
While it can be easy to ignore one-off pain or sensitivity as our teeth are used every day, any pain associated with your filling is a strong indicator that something may be wrong. If you are dealing with a constant or on-and-off tooth pain that lasts for more than a couple of days, it is essential to get your tooth fillings checked out by a dental professional.
Tooth sensitivity is a clue that a dental filling needs to be repaired or replaced. Pay attention when eating food that is especially cold, hot, salty or sweet. If you feel sensitivity or pain when eating this food, it is possible that your filling may need removal or replacement. The same is true when it comes to touching or biting with your tooth. If it is sensitive when to touch when chewing or cleaning your teeth, this is an indication that your filling needs to be checked out by a dental professional.
Another way to determine whether or not you need to see a dentist for your fillings is to check them regularly. If your filling is on a tooth that has chipped or fractured, it is critical to see a dentist right away. If you are dealing with pain or sensitivity on a specific tooth, you need to come in to the dental office as soon as possible.
Pay attention when brushing or flossing your teeth every day. Any gaps between the filling and the tooth allow an entry route for food particles and bacteria to start eating away at your teeth.
Finally, keep a watch out for any visible holes or dark spots on your teeth. If you see them, this means that a cavity has already formed. Therefore, you need to seek treatment from a dentist as soon as possible to limit the damage.
Seeing a Dentist
When your fillings begin to wear out, it can be a stressful situation. However, seeking a credible and qualified dental office can help limit pain, stress, and even your dental filling cost.
At All Smiles Dentistry, our staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and patient-focused, so we can keep you and your family’s smile healthy and bright. If you have concerns about your teeth fillings, or any other dental needs, make sure to contact us today for a consultation. You can reach out to us through our website or by calling us at 976-316-2122.
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