When do you need a tooth filling replacement?
Dental fillings don’t last forever. Depending on the type of filling you have, your oral health, your daily habits, and even the foods you eat, your fillings could last 10 years or more. During your bi-annual visits with Dr. Salami, she’ll examine your teeth for any signs that your fillings need to be replaced. But there are also signs that you’ll want to look out for between visits. You may need a tooth filling replacement if:
- Your filling is cracked – Bacteria can get inside the crack and cause further decay.
- Your tooth hurts – Tooth sensitivity may be the sign of a cracked, or broken, or missing filling.
- You feel pain when you drink cold beverages. When a cracked or broken filling no longer protects the nerve, the tooth can become sensitive to heat or cold.
- Your old filling has changed color. Decay around the filling can cause it to change color. A larger filling may be needed.
- Your filling has fallen out and the tooth is black inside. A missing filling can cause tooth decay and further problems. A black tooth is usually a sign of severe decay.
- Your filling is old. When a filling gets old, the seal between it and the tooth can become compromised, allowing bacteria in and leading to decay.
A cracked, broken, or missing filling needs to be replaced right away to avoid further problems with your oral health. But you don’t have to wait until you’re in pain to have a dental filling replaced. During your biannual visits, Dr. Salami can detect decay or the smallest fractures in your filling before it causes tooth sensitivity or other complications. If you do experience sensitivity or think you may have a cracked filling, make an appointment right away.