A dental filling is necessary to treat a cavity or repair a cracked tooth. Most people will need at least one filling in their lifetime due to the intake of sugary foods and drinks, or from poor dental hygiene. Once your dental filling is set in your damaged tooth, you want it to last as long as possible. There are habits you can form to help your filling last, however most fillings don’t last forever and will still need to be replaced at some point. You may be wondering, how will I know when it is time to for my dental filling replacement?
At Charlotte Emergency Dental, we are here to help you get your dental filling replaced when the time comes. Although dental fillings are durable, constant chewing and tooth decay can damage the filling and the tooth around it. If the filling becomes cracked and separated from the tooth, bacteria can get trapped underneath the filling. This trapped bacteria can’t be removed through your regular brushing and flossing routine. It is important to get this fixed right away to prevent the bacteria from causing more damage and decay, and affecting the nerve below.
To prevent pain from eventually occurring, make sure to schedule regular visits and cleanings with your dentist. Your dentist will examine your existing fillings and determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed through more detailed dental procedures. They may order dental x-rays as well to look for any plaque and bacteria buildup underneath the filling that may not be visible to the naked eye.
A dental checkup is the best way to check the status of your dental filling. We will determine if it is cracked or damaged, and whether it is time for a dental filling replacement to reduce your risk for further decay and prevent any pain. If you have any questions or you want to schedule an appointment, call us at 704-525-3939. We are happy to help!