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Here at Lifetime Dental Care, your dentist, Dr. Anthony Butchert, often uses fillings to treat and repair small cavities. While they are meant to last for many years, no filling is impervious to the passage of time. As time goes by, the natural bacteria living in your mouth can work to weaken the connection between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.

In some instances, you can notice the symptoms of a problematic filling. Early detection can significantly improve your treatment options and limit potential complications.

Common symptoms of a filling that is about to fail include a sharp pain when biting down or chewing on that particular tooth. This could also be associated with a change in the tooth’s texture, especially if the filling is on the lingual side of the tooth near your tongue.

A slight gray shade developing in tooth enamel surrounding the filling is also a cause for concern. This is often a symptom that tells you the bacteria in your mouth have invaded the seam between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. If a new area of decay develops within the tooth, it can cause the filling to fall out or allow decay to penetrate the interior of the tooth.

In some cases, Dr. Anthony Butchert can repair a bad filling by removing it and a small amount of the surrounding enamel. Then, he can apply a fresh yet slightly larger filling.

If a new cavity has formed or if the bad filling was large, Dr. Anthony Butchert might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This mode of treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica made from either porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy.

If you suspect you might have a bad filling in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, you should call 715-552-1000 to have it treated at Lifetime Dental Care as soon as possible.