Fillings are designed to repair small areas of tooth decay in the enamel layer of a tooth. While they are intended to last for a long time, it’s not unheard of for a filling to come loose or fall out. In general, the older and larger a filling is, the more likely it is to have problem.
While some fillings will fall out without any warning, sometimes you might notice a few warning signs. A problematic filling that has a sharp pain when biting down or chewing on the tooth or a change in texture is often a sign that the filling is about to fail. This might also be accompanied by a slight gray color in the nearby enamel, as bacteria weaken the cement holding the filling in place.
If you lose a filling, or you notice a problem with an old filling you should call Dr. Sonny Afshar as soon as possible. If the problem isn’t addressed in a timely manner the problem could develop into something serious. Sometimes Dr. Sonny Afshar can repair the area by simply removing a small amount of additional enamel and cementing a new filling in place.
If you lose a large filling, or the decay has simply compromised too much enamel to secure a new filling Dr. Sonny Afshar might recommend that the tooth is fitted for a crown.
If you have a suspect filling or one that has fallen out, please call Dr. Sonny Afshar at 530.677.4457 to schedule an appointment.