When your teeth need treatment, they deserve the care of an expert. Not just because of how important they are, but also because, if improperly treated, the issues that threaten your teeth could return or worsen. Today, we explain some of the common issues that can arise from older or less-than-perfect dental fillings, and why modern tooth-colored fillings are often the perfect solution for both short and long-term results.
Common Issues with Tooth Fillings
A dental filling involves extracting and replacing infected tooth material. Some sensitivity is common, even expected, following the procedure. Hot and cold air, sweet foods and drinks, and the slightest application of pressure can cause your newly-filled tooth to ache slightly. However, if the discomfort persists for longer than a couple of weeks, or if it’s unusually severe, then the restoration may not have been placed correctly, or the material is not suitable.
Wear & tear
Though durable and long-lasting when done correctly, even the most innovative dental restorations don’t last as long as your healthy, natural teeth. When your dental filling becomes worn from extended use, replacing it can be essential to your tooth’s continued good health. If the filling can no longer effectively protect your tooth from bacteria, then tooth decay can develop again and finish the destruction it started.
Sometimes, a dental filling doesn’t need years of use to fail. An improper fit can negate the purpose of sealing your tooth’s interior. For instance, fillings made from metal amalgam (often called silver fillings) can expand and contract with changes in temperature. Failure can occur when such changes result in damage to your tooth structure or the reintroduction of tooth decay-causing bacteria. In some cases, you may lose your dental filling altogether, requiring immediate replacement before infection can settle back in.
Learn More About Tooth-Colored Fillings
If your filling is giving you trouble, then speak with your dentist about fixing it or replacing it with a more suitable tooth-colored restoration. To schedule your appointment, call Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, today at (724) 256-4612. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.