While a dental filling is intended to repair a small-to-medium-sized cavity for a long time, it is still not uncommon for one to fail over the long course of time. In some cases, you might even be able to notice a filling is about to fall out. In general, the larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to fail.
Dr. Edward Brandon and our team in Brecksville, Ohio are happy to offer a few common warning signs to look out for if you suspect one of your fillings is going bad.
One of the more common symptoms is a sharp pain when biting down or chewing with the tooth. This could also be associated with a change in texture or if a gray color develops in the surrounding enamel. This usually means bacteria have invaded the seam between the filling and the healthy tooth enamel.
A filling located near your tongue might also start to develop a sharp or abnormal texture. This is usually a sign that bacteria have weakened the cement holding the filling in place. As they develop they loosen the cement and can actually start to push the filling out of the socket in the enamel.
If the bad filling is small and there is not a lot of new decay in the tooth, Dr. Edward Brandon may be able to repair the problem by removing a small amount of additional enamel and cementing a new filling in place.
If you suspect that one of your fillings is going bad, or you have recently lost a filling, we invite you to call our office in Brecksville, Ohio at 440-526-8688 to have it examined and treated in a timely manner. Dr. Edward Brandon may recommend a composite or amalgam dental filling replacement to restore your healthy smile.