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Dental Filling ExamFind out some of the warning signs that it might be time to get your filling replaced.

While dental fillings are made from strong, durable materials (often composite resin) even they aren’t meant to last forever. Everything from normal wear and tear to bad bites and teeth grinding can wear away your filling and require you to get a new one at some point. Of course, the best way to monitor the health and integrity of your filling is to visit our Brookfield, WI, dentists Dr. Terence Geary and Dr. Mary Eileen Geary every six months for routine checkups so they can make sure your filling is still doing well.

Here’s when a dental filling will need to be replaced:

  • If there is decay
  • If there are any cracks or chips in the filling
  • If there is a leak

If you look at the tooth you may even be able to see the filling separating from the tooth, which will leave a gap where bacteria and food can get trapped and cause issues such as decay or an infection. Of course, you may just assume that if a filling needs to be replaced that it will cause pain or tooth sensitivity but unfortunately this isn’t the case.

In fact, most people won’t even know that their filling needs to be replaced, which is why you shouldn’t skip out on your routine dental checkup even if everything feels fine. If you do experience pain or tooth sensitivity this is often a sign of a cavity or an infection within the pulp of the tooth. Of course, if the filling fails you may notice a crack in the filling or that the filling has completely fallen out. This is considered a dental emergency that needs to be addressed right away.

In some instances, a dental filling just isn’t enough to support the damaged tooth over time and the only option is to remove the filling and place a dental crown over it to provide it with the support and stability it needs. 

If you are concerned about the health of an old dental filling or if it’s just time to schedule your routine dental cleaning here in Brookfield, WI, don’t hesitate to call Geary Dentistry today at (262) 860-1500.

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