If you have fillings that are over five years old, you could be dealing with tooth decay underneath your existing silver amalgam or tooth colored fillings. Unfortunately, not all cavities hurt, especially if they are lurking under old dental restorations. You may need to see your dentist if you have sensitivity to hot, cold, or just haven’t had a check up in a while.
According to Colgate, constant pressure from clenching, grinding, or chewing can cause your dental fillings to crack, chip, or wear away completely. You may not notice any weaknesses your dental restorations, but your dentist certainly can. When you schedule an appointment, your dentist will check for cavities under your fillings by using several methods including dyes and x-rays.
If the seal that is between your filling and the enamel on your tooth has broken down, bacteria and food can ease their way under your silver amalgam or tooth colored fillings. If this occurs, you will develop additional decay in the same tooth under the filling. Your dentist will tell you that untreated decay could infect the pulp in your tooth causing an abscess. If the dental pulp and nerves in your teeth die, you will need a root canal.
Your dentist will tell you that if you have a large filling, or the new decay is quite extensive, you may not have enough of your natural tooth left to support a new replacement filling. If this is the case, your dentist will have to replace your old filling with a dental crown.
Fillings will not last forever. Older tooth colored composite fillings can pick up stains and become darkened or yellowed over time. Older silver amalgam and tooth colored composite fillings are impossible to clean underneath, so if you have cracks, leaks or breakages in your tooth colored or silver amalgam fillings, the only solution would be to schedule and appointment with your dentist.
Don’t wait until it is too late. Schedule an appointment with celebrity dentist Dr. Eddie Siman who can determine if your fillings are still in good shape, or if they need to be replaced.