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 [practice_name] 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 [practice_name] 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 [practice_name] at [phone] to schedule an appointment to explore your treatment options.