How to Know a Filling Has Failed
Fillings are commonly used to replace tooth structure after the decayed tooth is removed to treat a cavity or during other dental procedures. Dental fillings, also known as dental restorations, last for many years. But eventually they will fail and need to be replaced.
Failures are caused by many factors. Since fillings go through the same wear and tear as your natural teeth they can be damaged by the acid found in certain foods and drinks. Grinding or clenching your teeth can also cause a filling to fail.
Complications of a Failed Filling
Every human mouth is full of bacteria. Bacteria in your mouth cause plaque which is a sticky substance that causes tooth decay and gum disease. If your filling is loose some of the plaque and food debris can get under the filling and cause decay under the filling. This decay may not be detected and can lead to an infection of the tooth pulp. This can be a painful condition and may lead to a root canal or extraction of the tooth.
Detection of a Failed Filling
Unless your filling has become loose and painful, it is almost impossible to detect if it is failed. Therefore, regular dental check-ups are essential. Your doctor will take x-rays of your fillings to check for failure. If a filling has failed, it needs to be replaced right away. Be keeping up with your regular visits, the doctor can monitor and address any problems she finds with your fillings.
Don’t wait until a failed filling becomes painful or infected. Call or contact Dr. Taylor today and make an appointment now before there is a problem.