Tooth filling…awwww does it remind you of how you broke your teeth with that nasty fall? Well a filling is needed not only when you have broken or cracked teeth from a fall or a punch on the face but you may need one even if you’re habitual of doing simple things unknowingly like biting nails, trying to open things like sealed packets, containers, etc.
Once a filling is placed over a period of time it may have to be replaced on account of various reasons like:
A crack/ cracks may appear immediately after they are placed in case they are positioned at a level higher than the remaining tooth surface. As such they become exposed to the force of biting and chewing and eventually crack.
A filling may leak when the side walls of the filling doesn’t sit properly against the tooth. This is generally experienced with composite and amalgam fillings. Extreme sensitivity of the tooth is an indication of a leaking filling. Fillings also leak due to wear out over a period of time.
Clenching of teeth:
If you’re the type who is habitual of keeping the teeth clenched it is certain that you will have issues with your tooth fillings. Clenching and grinding of teeth can further lead to cracks in the fillings and inevitably have to be replaced.
A part of filling missing:
If you notice a part of your filling is missing you will have immediately seek a replacement.
Usual wear out:
A tooth filling, like all other things around us it may wear out by itself after serving the teeth for years. It may last between 5-15 years depending on the care exercised by each individual.
Toothache after filling replacement is most common; as such a faulty replacement can shoot out immense pain. For instance if a sharp edge is left on the side of a tooth your dentist may grind it or file it down as an alternative to removing it. With this the sharp edge is brought further down. This creates a gap in between the adjacent tooth and the filling. As such one may experience the following:
Pain while biting:
Immediately after the replacement procedure is complete the anesthesia will wear off and you may notice pain with a simple bite. As such you may have to re visit the dentist to reshape the filling.
Pain in the adjacent teeth:
Sometimes you may experience sensitivity or pain in the teeth adjacent to the one which received a re- fill. The refilled tooth has simply surpassed the pain to the one next to it and the pain should come down on its own in a week or two.
Pain while brushing or flossing:
The tooth which received a filling replacement may cause pain when touched with the bristles of a tooth brush or while flossing. Pain is also evident when teeth with different metal surfaces touch each other. For example if you have a new silver filling on a lower teeth and gold crown on the tooth which it touches , you may experience excruciating pain, which should eventually fade off on its own.
A toothache after filling replacement if it persists for more than a week you should consider visiting your dentist again to resolve the pain.