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Fillings are made from artificial materials that are used to treat modest-sized areas of tooth decay. At the same time, they can still be affected in other ways by the pervasive bacteria living in your mouth. Poor oral hygiene allows bacteria to thrive in your mouth, making it easier for them to attack the seam where a filling is cemented in place. At the same time, fillings don’t last forever. As a general rule of thumb, the older and larger a filling is, the more likely it is to develop a problem.

Early detection and treatment of a bad filling will decrease your chances of suffering complications. With that in mind, your dentist, Dr. Paul Vartabedian, offers these common symptoms to look out for if you suspect one of your fillings is going bad.

With a bad filling, you might notice a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. If the filling is near your tongue, you might feel it develop a sharp edge or a change in texture.

If pervasive bacteria have worked their way between the filling and the healthy enamel of the tooth, the tooth might turn a light shade of gray.

If you notice a change in one of your dental fillings in Lakeport, California, and you suspect it is going to fail soon, you should not delay in contacting Paul Vartabedian, DDS at 707-263-1496 to have the tooth examined.