How to Tell If Your Fillings Need to Be Replaced

Toronto Damaged or Failing Fillings

Although restorative dentistry technologies and techniques have come a long way over the years, even the most exceptionally well crafted restorations using the finest materials available will eventually need to be replaced. Fillings, whether traditional amalgam or modern tooth-coloured fillings, have a definite lifespan. Over the course of time, through years of wear and tear and exposure to acids, food particles, and bacteria, dental fillings will one day begin to fail.

At The Art of Dentistry in Toronto, damaged or failing fillings can be replaced with new, state-of-the-art tooth-colored fillings that will provide further years of functional use and beautiful smiles. How can you tell when it is time to replace your old fillings, however? Here are just a few of the signs that it may be time to visit The Art of Dentistry to upgrade your restorations.

When a Filling Should Be Replaced

When a filling nears the end of its functional lifespan, it may not exhibit clear signs that it is failing. This is why it is extremely important to visit our dental practice at least twice a year for thorough examinations. While a filling may appear intact on its surface, a space may have formed beneath the filling, creating a perfect breeding ground for decay that can spread deep within the tooth. Detecting such a space in its earliest stages, before serious damage can be caused to the tooth, may be possible only through x-rays. Replacing the failing restoration at this point could salvage the tooth and save the patient time and money, not to mention considerable pain.

You should schedule an appointment at The Art of Dentistry if you experience any of the following symptoms with a tooth that has a filling:

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discomfort while chewing
  • Chips in your filling
  • Cracks in silver fillings
  • Pits in the chewing surface of the filling
  • Sudden onset of halitosis (bad breath)
  • A bad taste in the mouth

You may also want to take preventive measures by having older metal fillings replaced with modern composite, tooth-colored fillings, even if your metal fillings have not yet begun to fail. While amalgam fillings have proven to be extremely strong and durable, they are not bonded directly to the tooth as composite fillings are, which increases the risk of spaces forming between the restoration and the tooth. They also expand and contract with changes in temperature, which in extreme cases can cause the tooth to fracture. Of course, they are also more conspicuous in their appearance than their far more natural-looking composite counterparts, the latter of which have the additional benefit of being mercury free.

Learn More about the Replacement of Damaged or Failing Fillings

If you currently have fillings that are more than five years old, or you are exhibiting any of the signs that your fillings may be damaged or failing, we invite you to contact The Art of Dentistry to schedule your initial consultation with one of our accomplished dentists today. Don’t take chances with your precious oral health. Let our experts give you something to smile about.