Fillings are typically used to repair small cavities or a chip on a non-essential surface of a tooth. They material used will not be vulnerable to the bacterial influence of tooth decay. However, the tooth enamel that bonds with the filling can still be affected, causing future complications.
Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene regimen could bolster the bacteria in your mouth, decreasing the total lifespan of the filling. If this goes undetected, a new area of tooth decay could form within the tooth. It could potentially even result in the filling failing.
Sometimes a distressed filling will give no overt signs. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms in a previously repaired tooth, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Chad S. Burt DMD & Kyle W. Dimond DDS’s Midvale, Utah, clinic.
If the distressed filling is on the biting surface of the tooth, you might notice a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. If the filling is near your tongue, you might feel it develop an edge or a change in texture.
If pervasive bacteria have worked their way between the filling and the healthy enamel of the tooth, it might develop a light shade of gray in the nearby enamel. This could cause significant distress to the internal structures of the tooth, which could also include toothache pain or heightened sensitivity.
If you live in the Midvale, Utah, area and you are having problems with a previously repaired tooth, you should call 801-255-3578 to seek timely treatment at Chad S. Burt DMD & Kyle W. Dimond DDS’s clinic.