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Our dentist can routinely use dental fillings to address small and moderate cavities and provide tooth repair. While dental fillings are hardened and cemented to the tooth with a powerful adhesive during the placement process, this doesn’t mean they can’t be affected by the passage of time. Over the years, the bacteria found in your mouth can compromise the dental adhesive that keeps your dental filling in place.

It’s important to know the symptoms of a bad dental filling so that early detection can enable you to receive conservative treatment.

One common sign that your dental filling may be going bad is the feeling of sharp pain when using the tooth to bite or chew. You may also feel a change in texture, especially if the filling was placed on the side of the tooth that is close to your tongue.

If you see any slight graying of the tooth enamel around your dental filling, this is another sign of concern, as it could be a result of bacteria affecting the area where the filling meets any healthy tooth enamel. If a new cavity begins to develop in the tooth, it could loosen the filling and cause it to fall out or leave the interior of the tooth vulnerable to decay.

Our dentist sometimes repairs compromised fillings by taking away more tooth enamel and placing a larger filling over the treated area. However, if new tooth decay has affected the health of the tooth, we may need to use a dental crown instead. Tooth decay that affects the pulp and tooth root can require root canal treatment in order to remove the decayed material.

If you suspect you are dealing with a bad dental filling in Hackensack, New Jersey, we encourage you to call 201-843-0440 today to seek an appointment with Dr. Donald Roman at Roman Dental Arts.