Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC often repairs chips and small cavities with a basic dental filling. These are small, durable, artificial materials that are intended to restore the strength and function of the tooth for many years to come. Should you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene, the natural bacteria living in your mouth could gradually start to infiltrate the seam between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.
Should this go undetected, a new cavity could form within the tooth. It could potentially even result in the filling failing.
To help you identify a troublesome filling and seek timely treatment, Dr. Christopher M. Granillo, DDS, LLC advises you to watch for the following warning signs.
With 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.
If you’re concerned about the health of one of your dental fillings in Tucson, Arizona, you should call 520-298-5556 to seek timely treatment at our clinic.