Worried about that filling? Dental fillings may last many years; however, eventually all fillings need to be replaced. Dr. Hazem Wehbe, Dr. Evelin Adamian and Dr. Sarah Stipho in West Roxbury, MA, offers a complete range of dental services. Here are five signs that your filling needs to be replaced.
1. Your filling fell out.
Sometimes, dental fillings fall out. Dental fillings become loose and fall out for many reasons. Your dental filling may be loosened when your teeth go through a great deal of pressure when you chew. Chewing on hard items can cause a dental filling to dislodge. Being active in sports can also cause injuries to the teeth and lead to a lost filling. If your filling falls out, put temporary dental cement directly on the tooth surface and call your dentist.
2. Your filling is broken.
You may be able to see signs that your dental filling needs to be replaced. One sign that your filling may need to be replaced is seeing dark spots or holes. You may notice these while flossing or brushing your teeth every day. Left untreated, a broken dental filling could lead to a root canal or tooth loss.
3. You have tooth sensitivity.
Do hot and cold bother you? Some people are naturally sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. However, prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages is a sign that your filling needs to be replaced. If your tooth sensitivity is persistent and severe, make an appointment with your West Roxbury dentist.
4. Your tooth doesn't feel smooth.
Most people love the feeling of clean and smooth teeth. Feel the tooth surface for roughness. If your tooth doesn't feel smooth after brushing, your filling may need to be replaced. If the surface of your tooth feels rough, professional dental advice should be sought.
5. You have a toothache.
Some patients who have dental fillings that need to be replaced experience a toothache. The pain may be constant or come and go. The pain may come when you are drinking or eating or even when you're not doing anything. If your toothache lasts longer than a few days, make an appointment with your dentist.
If your filling needs to be replaced, why wait? We can help you today! Call Dr. Wehbe, Dr. Adamian and Dr. Stipho at 617-323-5000 right now to schedule a dental appointment in West Roxbury, MA. We want all our patients to have strong, healthy smiles that look great, too.
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