Dental fillings are restorations that replace tooth structure that has been lost to decay. While fillings are strong and are intended to last for years, eventually, all fillings need replacement.
By knowing the signs that replacement might be near - and having a good dentist that you can call - you'll get your fillings replaced in a timely manner.
Why Do You Need to Replace Your Fillings?
There are many reasons that you might need to replace your filings. These are some of the most common:
Leaking. With time and continuous usage of your tooth, you might eventually develop a gap within the tooth where the filling is located. This gap can let bacteria and saliva into the inner portions of your tooth, giving them free range to cause more damage. If you notice your filling is leaking, it is important to get a replacement early before the problem becomes worse.
Chips or cracks. If your filling is chipping, cracking, or breaking down, it is probably time for a replacement. Eventually, the filling could come off completely, which may be dangerous.
Decay. If you look into your mouth and see any signs of decay - whether it is a dark spot or what looks like a hole - you should make an appointment for a replacement.
When it is time for your new filling, your dentist will help you to select the right material. Advances and the dental field have led to many new types of materials for filling use, including amalgam, composite, and even glass ionomers. Our experienced staff will help you to select a long-lasting material that will work for your teeth.
If you need a filling replaced - or if you suspect that you might have a cavity - don't delay getting treatment. Call us today to set up your appointment before the problem gets any worse.