When a filling is used to repair a small to medium sized cavity, it is intended to stand the test of time. Still, you shouldn’t expect a filling to last forever. As time passes the bacteria in your mouth might start to exploit the cement holding a filling in place. Sometimes you can notice symptoms of pain when chewing or a change in color or texture to tell you a filling is going bad. In other instances, there might be no overt sign that a filling is in trouble.
Losing a filling is a serious cause for concern and you should have Jordan Landing Smiles look at the tooth as soon as possible.
If the cavity was small enough, it might be possible for the dentist to simply remove a little additional enamel and cement a new, fresh filling in place. If the cavity was large, or bacteria had invaded the seam between the filling and the tooth enamel causing additional decay, then Jordan Landing Smiles might recommend restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a crown.
If you have a questionable filling, or you’ve recently lost an old filling, you should not delay in calling West Jordan Dental Office to schedule an appointment to explore your treatment options.