Fillings are typically cast from tough materials like gold, composite resin, amalgam, or dental-grade porcelain. These materials are known to be impervious to the effects of bacterial tooth decay. However, their bond to the surrounding tooth enamel can sometimes be finite. This is even more likely if you have any inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene regimen.
When this happens, the pervasive bacteria living in your mouth can slowly infiltrate the space between the filling and the tooth enamel. This can gradually cause the filling to become loose or distressed as it comes closer and closer to falling out. In many of these situations, the tooth might show some telltale signs of needing treatment.
If the distressed filling is on the biting surface of the tooth, you might notice a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. If the filling is near your tongue, you might feel it develop an edge or a change in texture.
If the bacteria living in your mouth have worked their way between the filling and the healthy enamel of the tooth, the tooth might develop a light shade of gray in the nearby enamel. This could be a serious cause for concern as it could allow the decay to penetrate deep into the sensitive internal structures of the tooth.
If you live in the Lafayette, Louisiana, area and you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you should not delay in calling (337) 443-4912 to have it examined and treated at Barras Family Dentistry by Dr. Brock Barras.