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Dr. Sonny Afshar can often repair small chips and cavities at their Cameron Park, California, clinic with a composite or amalgam filling. While this mode of treatment will restore the tooth’s function and appearance for many years to come, no filling can last forever. As time goes on, a filling can lose some of its bond with the surrounding tooth enamel. This is even more likely to be an issue if the filling is large or you’ve been struggling to maintain good oral hygiene practices.

Early detection and treatment of a bad filling will decrease your chances of suffering complications. With this in mind, Dr. Sonny Afshar suggests being wary of the following symptoms of a filling going bad.

If the filling is on the biting surface of the tooth, you might notice a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. This it could be a sign of a problem. If the filling is near your tongue, you might feel it develop an edge or a change in texture.

If the bacteria living in your mouth have infiltrated the space between the filling and the healthy tooth enamel, the nearby enamel might turn a light shade of gray. Without timely treatment, this new cavity could grow and cause more significant complications.

If you live in the Cameron Park, California, area and you are concerned that one of your fillings is in distress, you should call 530.677.4457 to seek professional care at Country Club Dental.