Tooth-colored dental fillings are made from a durable composite that is designed to last for years. Nonetheless, this restoration is not intended to last forever and will eventually need to be replaced.
How to know if you have a worn filing? Dr. Bruce Wilderman reviews the tale-tell signs that indicate your dental filling needs to be removed. If you do have a worn filling, we offer a full range of restorative dental procedures at our Philadelphia, PA area practice. Patients may need another dental filling or another restorative treatment, such as a dental crown.
The Filling Has a Crack
Every day, wear and tear can cause small fissures or cracks in your filling. The problem usually arises after many years, but can happen sooner if you have bruxism (a condition in which patients chronically grind their teeth).
The cracks in your filling may be so small you do not notice them. A compromised filling may only be identified during a dental visit.
Regardless of how small the fissure, a cracked filling will often need replacement. Infection-causing bacteria can hide and proliferate in these small cracks, putting you at risk for tooth decay.
The Filling Has Dislodged
It probably comes as no surprise, but if you have lost part or all of your filling, then it is time to have it replaced. A dislodged or lost filling can happen at once, especially if you bite something hard like ice.
Fillings often come out because:
- The tooth has cracked
- There is a cavity beneath the filling
- The filling loses its bond
- The patient grinds their teeth
You Experience Tooth Sensitivity
When the filling does not adhere as it should to the sides of your tooth, it can cause sensitivity. This may be most noticeable when you have something hot or cold in your mouth. Your dentist can check to see that the filling is properly bonded. If it is not, it may need to be replaced.
You Have Tooth Discomfort
When a tooth with a filling becomes uncomfortable, it can be a sign of developing cavity. Although fillings are intended to ward off dental decay, the tooth is still susceptible to infection. This is especially true if you have a crack in the tooth or filling, where bacteria can proliferate.
Do not ignore tooth discomfort hoping it will go away. Put a call into your dentist to have it checked out. Treating problems early can save you time and money in the long run.
The Filling Is Past Its Prime
Tooth-colored fillings last about a decade, although they can last for 15 years or more. If your filling is getting near the end of its lifespan, it is worth considering replacing it before it becomes damaged and creates other oral health problems.
Need Your Dental Filling Replaced?
Here at Artistic Expressions Dentistry, Dr. Wilderman and our team can quickly and comfortably replace your worn-out dental filling. Learn more about our restorative dental procedures by calling (215) 631-3085 or filling out our online form.