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How Can a Dental Filling Leak?

Posted on 6/15/2019 by Water's Edge Dental
How Can a Dental Filling Leak?Once you get a dental filling in a tooth where you have a cavity, that is supposed to be the end of it, right? The filling is supposed to do its job, your tooth is fixed, and you and your tooth are supposed to ride off into the sunset together.

Sometimes however, tooth fillings don't go the way they should. There are times dental fillings can leak. Not sure what that is? Not sure whether or not you have a leak? We can answer some questions for you.

Dental Fillings and Dental Leaks

When you have a cavity, you must get the cavity taken out, and the hole created by your cavity filled. In general, your mouth will be numbed, a small drill will be used to take out the cavity and any damaged tissue, and then the hole left will be filled with a filling to seal and protect the tooth. Depending on how big the cavity is, and where it is located, this procedure can take mere minutes.

Sometimes, fillings leak. Fillings are said to be leaking when the filling does not fit up snugly against the tooth. This is really important, because if the filling doesn't fit against the tooth, food particles, bacteria and saliva can get in between the filling and the tooth. Over time, dental leaks can lead to further decay of the tooth, which can make the tooth sensitive to heat or cold and can cause pain.

It doesn't matter whether you have an amalgam or a composite filling, both can leak. In fact, over time, any filling has the potential to leak. As you age, older fillings may have to be replaced, because they wear out over time, especially fillings that were done 30 or 40 years ago.

If you have questions about your fillings, why not give us a call? We can make you an appointment to come in and talk to us about getting your fillings checked.

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