Everything wears out and fillings are no exception especially because they have to endure an incredible amount of biting force.
As they wear the edges of the fillings break away and a space can open up between the filling and the tooth. When this happens the filling loses its protective seal and no longer protects the tooth from cavities.
When a worn out filling is only small the dentist can usually safely replace it with another filling, however even it can eventually wear out again and have to be replaced.
If the filling is quite large and there is only a small amount of tooth structure remaining this poses bigger problems because if the dentist tries to repair it, the remaining tooth may easily crack and/or break off.
Sometimes fillings can also fail by breaking away because of the amount of force on them when chewing, in these cases (and each one is different) other options such as crowns or overlays may have to be explored to restore the tooth.
Some typical types of fillings we use at Trigger Dental are:
- Tooth-Coloured Composite Resin
- Silver or Amalgam Fillings
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the friendly staff at Trigger Dental today.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome
Cracked Tooth Syndrome is an incomplete fracture or crack in a tooth. It is often invisible and may not even show up on an x-ray.
As teeth age they lose strength and continual clenching or grinding can also weaken teeth. If you bite down on a hard object like a piece of ice for example the force can sometimes cause a tooth crack especially if it’s already weakened.
Some common signs of a cracked tooth are:
- Only chewing on one side because the other has become uncomfortable
- Sensitivity to hot and cold or sweet and sour
- Sharp pain when biting
- Intermittent pain rather than constant
Fortunately most cracked teeth can be saved, the key is to find it in the early stages of development and treat it appropriately.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is wise to have them checked by your dentist.