What Can I Do If I Have a Toothache Near an Old Cavity? Does My Dental Filling Need To Be Replaced?

cavityWhen you have a toothache, it can be a pretty unpleasant experience. While your first initial reaction is to think it’s another cavity, there may also be other reasons behind this pain. If you have had a cavity in this area before, the problem can be easily identified. Several San Francisco patients come to trained dentist professional Dr. Skoulas for advice on this matter. With dental fillings, the old cavity was fixed, but it doesn’t mean that the pain or the same dental issues can’t come back.

You may have struggled in the past or have had trouble with dental hygiene and accumulated a few cavities. The good news is that it’s completely normal. Many San Francisco patients have cavities for various reasons which include but are not limited to poor brushing, lack of flossing, sugary diets, and more. When you have a cavity, typically your dentist will provide you with dental fillings to fix the problem. Usually, after you receive the filling, the cavity is gone, and patients deem their problem solved. However, this isn’t always the case.

Why San Francisco Patients May Need Dental Fillings

When you start feeling pain near the area of an old cavity, it’s always a red flag. Typically, this means you should see your dentist as soon as possible to fix the problem. Most likely, your dentist will tell you that you need a new dental filling for the cavity. Over time, your filling can break down, or a hole can form that will allow your cavity to become exposed. This usually is the cause of the intense tooth pain that you’ve been feeling.

If you’re unsure, here are a couple of signs that you may need replacement dental fillings:

  • Signs of cracking in your tooth: If your tooth has a crack in it, it won’t be able to support the filling fully.
  • Soreness and toothaches in this particular area: When you’re feeling intense pain around this area, it’s a sure fire sign that something is wrong. This is especially true if you’ve experienced similar pain when you’ve had a cavity before.
  • Holes or voids in your dental fillings: Sometimes the filling material on your teeth can be breached from chewing on something too hard or from grinding your teeth. This can cause a hole in the filling which can expose your cavity.

Dental Fillings Can Fix Old Cavities

If you are experiencing any of these signs, San Francisco trained expert Dr. Skoulas can help you identify if you need replacement fillings. Leaving your cavities untreated can lead to poor dental health and ultimately rotted, unappealing teeth. Fillings are a non-invasive, effective treatment for any cavities–new or old. Dr. Skoulas’ main priority is to promote the long-term health of San Francisco patients and their teeth. At our office, our cozy environment offers comfy chairs, flexible scheduling, and availability for various dental procedures.

Whether you’re wondering if you need dental fillings or are curious about a regular checkup, call us today at (415) 757-0110. We’d love to talk to you and get you in for an appointment at your convenience.

 

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