August 9th, 2017
You may not know it but all fillings will, at some point, fail. Like the teeth they support, fillings can get worn down from everyday wear and tear. Hopefully a filling will last for many years. But, if you do need a filling replaced how would you know? It’s Easy. You should be going to the dentist for regular, routine checkups and cleanings, and your dentist will be able to diagnose a worn-down filling before you know it’s even happening. A dentist at Brewer Dental can quickly determine if a filling has failed, using specialized instruments to check the edges of a filling for any failure. But, if a filling goes bad before your next dental visit you may experience the symptom of tooth pain; you may even be able to see a crack through the filling or at the filling’s edges. Regardless what other symptoms are combined with the tooth pain, whether it be a sign of a failed dental filling or not, tooth pain must be checked out immediately by your dentist. Tooth pain doesn’t just go away on its own—there are underlying causes that need to be diagnosed and dealt with by your dentist immediately.
Why is a failed filling bad? A dental filling is a part of the tooth, and if there are any cracks or unsealed edges, bacteria can work its way down into the tooth, down into areas where bacteria isn’t easily removed by brushing alone. Bacteria that thrives cause tooth decay. Undiagnosed tooth decay can cause many other problems that are difficult and invasive to treat—treatments involving costly and extensive procedures—so, if you believe you have a failed filling in your mouth, it’s easiest to visit the dentist immediately, and to have the broken filling repaired.
If you are experiencing tooth pain of any kind, call and make an appointment with Brewer Dental immediately. Don’t wait. Remember, it’s best to treat problems before they happen, or at least in the initial stages before minor problems become major ones.