Fillings are commonly used to repair small chips or modest cavities that afflict the tooth enamel layer. While they are intended to withstand the rigors of chewing food for many years, most have a finite lifespan. In general, larger fillings don’t last as long as small ones. This might be due to the amount of seam between the tooth enamel and the filling material.
Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can encourage the bacteria in your mouth to exploit the bond that is holding the filling in place. In many cases, this could result in some telltale symptoms.
For a filling on the occlusal or biting surface of the tooth, you might notice a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. This could be a sign of a problem. If the filling is near your tongue, you might feel it develop an edge or a change in texture.
If the bacteria living in your mouth have infiltrated the space between the filling and the healthy tooth enamel, it might develop a light shade of gray in the nearby enamel. Without timely treatment, this new cavity could grow and cause more significant complications.
If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and you are concerned that one of your fillings is in distress, you should call 281-328-3569 to seek professional care from Dr. Jim Nored & Annette Gemp at Crosby Dental Center.