The basic solution to a cavity involves getting a filling. The hope that you have if you get a filling is that it will resolve the problem. A filling does solve the problem, but it does not always last forever. It is possible for a filling to become loose.
A loose filling is a problem that you should not ignore. It can lead to a variety of issues that will require more work. The key to avoiding the problems is recognizing the loose filling as early as possible, Learning the signs of a loose filling can help solve this problem.
Why Fillings Become Loose
Although you may not want to hear it, a dental filling is not a permanent solution. Most fillings have a useful life of around 10 to 15 years, depending on the type of material used for the filling. The constant grinding and wear and tear of the teeth can cause fillings to deteriorate over time. This deterioration and the passage of time can result in fillings becoming loose.
Signs of a Loose Filling
When it comes to noticing a loose filling, one of the best tools you have is your tongue. When you pass your tongue over a loose filling or a filling that is deteriorating, you will notice that it does not feel smooth and a natural part of the tooth. You may notice that the filling is loose when you check it with your tongue.
Another thing to watch out for is the sensitivity of the tooth to hot and cold. If the filling is loose, there are probably cracks where hot and cold temperatures can get into. These extreme temperatures can reach the nerves of the tooth causing pain or discomfort.
If you notice any signs that your filling is not working the way it should, you should have it checked in your office. It is possible to repair or replace the filling before any more damage happens.
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