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Even though a basic dental filling in Mill Creek, Washington, is intended to repair a small to medium-sized cavity for a long time, it is still not uncommon for it to fail. In some cases, you might even be able to notice that the filling is about to fall out of place. Generally, the larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to fail.

Your dentist, Dr. Kerry Olszewski, encourages you to look out for a few common warning signs so you can tell if one of your fillings is going bad.

One of the more common symptoms is a sharp pain when chewing with the tooth. Another symptom is a change in the tooth’s texture or color. This usually means that bacteria have invaded the seam between the filling and the healthy tooth enamel.

A filling might also start to develop a sharp or abnormal point. This is usually a sign that the bacteria have weakened the cement that is holding the filling in place.

If the bad filling is small and there is not a lot of new decay in the tooth, Dr. Kerry Olszewski might be able to repair it by removing a small amount of the enamel and cementing a new filling in place.

If you suspect that one of your fillings is going bad, or if you have recently lost a filling, you should call Mill Creek General Dentistry at 425-337-5549 to schedule an appointment.