While fillings are designed to repair and restore small areas of tooth decay for a significant amount of time, it’s not uncommon for one to fail or fall out. Sometimes you can actually notice a problem filling before it falls out and have Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader address it before the problem gets worse.
Sometimes you can identify a problem filling before it falls out. Large fillings and old fillings are more likely to be lost. If the problem filling is on the occlusal or biting surface of the tooth you might notice a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. If a filling is on the lingual part of a tooth, near your tongue, you might feel it develop an edge or a change in texture.
You might also notice a slight shade of gray in the nearby enamel. This is gray color is usually an indicator that a small amount of bacteria has gained access to the space between the filling and your healthy enamel.
Sometimes a problem filling can be replaced by Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader by removing a little more enamel and cement a new, larger filling in its place.
A large problem filling might not have enough enough enamel left to properly cement a new filling in place. If this is the case Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader will usually recommend that the entire enamel layer be replaced with a crown.
If one of your fillings is starting to give you problems or concerns, you should call Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader at 412-828-3311 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.