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What Happens When a Cavity Filling Fails?

cavity fillingsCavity fillings are a reliable solution for restoring the integrity of compromised teeth. However, there is always the chance that a cavity filling may fail. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at why cavity fillings fail and what happens when they do. We’ll also address preventative measures against cavity filling failures.

Why Do Cavity Fillings Fail?

Several issues can lead to cavity filling failure. These include everything from decay around the filling to wear and tear over time.

Other potential causes of cavity filling failure include poor bonding, cracks in the tooth, and inadequate oral hygiene practices. Additionally, larger fillings are more susceptible to failure.

What Happens When Cavity Fillings Fail?

When a cavity filling fails, you may initially notice pain and sensitivity because the inner layers of the tooth are now exposed to external stimuli. In particular, hot and cold foods and beverages can lead to discomfort.

Other signs of a failing filling include loose, damaged, or missing teeth at the filling site.

If left untreated, a failed cavity filling can lead to decay progression, infection, and abscess formation, and compromised tooth structure.

In some cases, a failed filling may also lead to aesthetic concerns such as discoloration, gaps, and changes in tooth shape — especially if the failed filling is in a visible part of the mouth.

These complications can be prevented by pursuing prompt dental care. After assessing your situation, your dentist may replace the filling or place a dental crown to correct the issue.

Preventing Cavity Filling Failures

Certain proactive practices can help prevent filling failures, including the following:

  • Routine dental checkups
  • Good oral hygiene practices
  • Avoiding excessive force while chewing, including chewing ice and hard foods
  • Refraining from grinding and clenching teeth

Despite your best efforts, cavity fillings may still fail. That’s why it’s important to have a relationship with an experienced dentist like Kenneth Egger, DDS in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Kenneth Egger to Safeguard Your Smile

Regular checkups can play an invaluable role in prolonging the lifespan of your dental fillings. If your filling does fail, prompt dental care can get you back on the road to optimal oral health.

To discuss your cavity filling failure or another dental issue with Dr. Egger and our team, please call 989-773-3560 or fill out an online form to schedule a consultation.