Fillings are designed to repair modest cavities that form in the enamel layer of a tooth. Even though a filling is intended to last for a long time, it’s not unheard for the pervasive activity of bacteria to weaken the cement and cause a filling to slowly go bad.
As a general rule of thumb the older and larger a filling is, the more likely it is to develop a problem. There are a few common symptoms to look out for if you suspect one of your fillings is going bad. Catching it before it falls out can often improve the treatment options available for Dr. Jason Kaopua to recommend.
A bad filling on the biting surface of the tooth you might notice a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. If the filling is near your tongue, you might feel it develop an edge or a change in texture. If pervasive bacteria have worked their way between the filling and the healthy enamel of the tooth it might develop a light shade of gray in the nearby enamel.
Dr. Jason Kaopua might be able to simply replace the filling with a slightly larger one. If too much enamel has been compromised, they might recommend replacing the enamel layer of the tooth with a crown.
If you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you should not delay to call Dr. Jason Kaopua at 425.267.3333 to schedule an appointment.