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While a basic filling is intended to repair a small to medium sized cavity for a long time, it is still not uncommon for one to fail over the long course of time. In general, the larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to fail.

Sometimes you can notice the symptoms that one of your flings is about to go bad. Catching it early can improve your repair and treatment options.

One common symptom of a filling going bad is a sharp pain when biting down or chewing on that particular tooth. This could also be associated with a change in texture, especially if the filling is on the lingual side of the tooth near your tongue.

A slight graying in the tooth enamel surrounding the filling is also a cause for concern. This usually means bacteria has invaded the seam between the filling and the healthy tooth enamel. Much of the cement has likely been compromised and there is serious potential for new decay to set in.

If a filling is small enough when it starts to go bad, Dr. Matthew Tuft can sometimes repair the area by simply removing a small amount of additional enamel. Then a new, slightly larger filling can be applied in its place.

If you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you shouldn’t delay in contacting Dr. Matthew Tuft’s Meridian, Idaho clinic at 208•376•5499 to have the tooth examined and treated.