Though fillings are great for strengthening damaged teeth and preventing further tooth decay, they don’t last forever. Since fillings help prevent tooth decay, when they stop being effective, tooth decay can progress. Fillings last for years but they will not last indefinitely. There are a few signs that will indicate that it is time to have the fillings replaced on your teeth.
Signs of Decay
If the tooth begins to show noticeable signs of decay, it is time to replace the filling. Replacing the filling quickly is vital in ensuring that the tooth decay doesn’t progress further. Further tooth decay can result in more extensive work, such as a root canal or crown.
Chipping or Cracking
Any chipping or cracking of the filling will render it less effective. These chips and cracks will create pathways where bacteria and food particles can get through. This will also make it more difficult to remove food particles after they have made it there, because a toothbrush won’t be able to get under the filling.
Any leakage from the tooth indicates a crack or chip in the filling. If you experience any leaking, such as saliva leakage, the filling should be replaced as soon as possible.
Tooth Sensitivity or Pain
A proactive approach is always the best approach to your oral health. Waiting until you experience tooth sensitivity or pain is a reactive approach. However, sometimes the above symptoms may not be quite as noticeable. Tooth sensitivity or pain indicates tooth decay and damage. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should certainly have the filling replaced as soon as possible. Failure to do so can cause the decay to progress.
Having cavities filled is important to prevent further damage from occurring to your teeth. Not having them filled can lead to root canals, crowns, and even tooth loss. To learn more about how best to protect your teeth, contact us at Avenues Dentistry today.