Do your dental fillings need to be replaced?
Dental fillings are designed to stop the spread of tooth decay or restore a damaged tooth, but their protection does not last forever. Over time, fillings can be worn down. Much like natural teeth, they are vulnerable to normal wear and tear from food and drinks.
Fillings can last for up to several years, but there are warning signs to watch for. If the color of your tooth-colored fillings begin to darken or turn yellow, it is time to replace them. You may also start to feel pain if a filling has cracked, allowing a cavity to form underneath. Cracked fillings can also cause sensitivity to cold temperatures when you are eating or drinking.
If a cracked filling is not addressed, the pulp of your tooth can become infected, which may require a root canal or result in the loss of the tooth. Regular check-ups with your dentist allow them to keep a close eye on your fillings and detect any wear and tear.
What to expect from a filling replacement procedure
The process for replacing a dental filling is very similar to the original procedure. The dentist will first need to remove the old or damaged filling before replacing it with a new one. If you wish to use a different type of filling for your replacement, ask your dentist about your options.
If you think you or a member of your family may need to have a filling replaced, schedule an appointment with your local Kimball & Beecher office today.