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The larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to have trouble. This is often a result of the pervasive bacteria in your mouth infiltrating the microscopic seam that is bonding your filling to the surrounding healthy tooth enamel. Sometimes you can notice an overt symptom that one of your fillings 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 gray discoloration forming in the nearby tooth enamel is a telltale sign that bacteria have 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 bad filling is small enough and detected early, your dentist, Dr. Teresa Cody, can sometimes repair the area by removing a small amount of additional enamel. Then, a new, slightly larger filling can be applied in its place.

A tooth with a large filling or new area decay might need the entire tooth enamel layer replaced by a dental crown. The material used for the crown will vary depending on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile.

If you suspect one of your fillings in Sugar Land, Texas, is going bad, you shouldn’t delay in contacting C & C Dental at 281-201-4332 to have the tooth examined and treated.