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Most dental fillings in Bellaire, Texas, have a limited lifespan. Even though small to medium-sized fillings can last a very long time, old and large fillings are more likely to fail. This is often a result of the bacteria in your mouth attacking the seam where the filling meets the healthy tooth enamel. A situation like this is even more likely if you have an inattentive or inadequate daily oral hygiene routine.

The dental professionals at Stepp Family Dentistry would like to inform you about a few warning signs of a bad filling that you should never ignore. Some symptoms might include a sharp pain when biting down or using the tooth. You should also note any change in the tooth’s texture or color because bacteria weaken the cement holding the filling in place.

If you suspect that one of your fillings is about to go bad, you should call our office as soon as possible. If the problem isn’t resolved in a timely manner, it could develop into something serious. In some cases, your dentist can repair the area by removing a small amount of additional enamel and cementing a new filling in place.

If a large, old or otherwise problematic filling has developed cavities, there might not be enough enamel to secure a new filling in place. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. Cauleen Stepp, will often recommend that the entire enamel layer of the tooth is replaced by a dental crown.

If you suspect that one of your fillings is going bad, you should not delay in calling Stepp Family Dentistry at 713-520-8400 to schedule an appointment.