Having a filling put in tends to be a permanent solution to the problem of tooth decay or damage. At least, that is what most people think. However, unfortunately, fillings do wear out over time. Eventually, the chances are pretty good that you will need to replace an old filling.
So how do you tell when it is time to replace an old filling? Obviously you cannot just go by the calendar and electrically set after a certain number of years have passed. Rather, there are a few key factors you should consider in making this decision.
What Does Your Dentist Say?One of the most important things you can do in this matter is listening to the advice of your dentist. When we examine your mouth during your preteen cleanings, we are in the position to closely inspect your fillings, and we will frequently see things that you simply do not see.
What’s more, we have a special tool called an “explorer” that allows us to gently prod the filling and detect any weakened areas. As such, we are uniquely qualified to advise you as to when you should replace your filling.
You should not wait until a filling begins to develop cracks or starts to come loose before you consider replacing it. Rather, you should listen to us, and take our advice on the matter. If we do suspect that one of your fillings may be on the verge of failing, we have other tests we can do.
If we are still unsure, we can use an X-ray machine to closely examine the filling and the tooth to which it is attached. If we detect signs of trouble that are not visible to the naked eye, we will tell you about it, and we will very likely suggest that you have the filling replaced.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 675-4594 today.