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Drs. Frandsen and Dansie routinely use fillings to repair small-to-modest-sized cavities. While they are effectively hardened or cemented into place with a powerful dental adhesive, no filling is impervious to the passage of time. As the years go by, the bacteria living in your mouth can work to exploit the dental adhesive that holds a filling to the surrounding tooth enamel.

Sometimes you can notice the symptoms of your filling going bad. Early detection can significantly improve your treatment options and limit potential complications.

One common symptom of a filling going bad is a sharp pain when biting down or chewing with the 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 slight graying in the tooth enamel surrounding the filling is also a cause for concern. This is usually a result of bacteria invading the seam between the filling and the healthy tooth enamel. If a new area of decay develops within the tooth, it can cause the filling to fall out or allow the decay to penetrate the interior of the tooth.

Your dentists can sometimes repair a small filling by simply removing additional tooth enamel. Then a new, slightly larger filling can be applied in its place.

If a new area of decay has formed in the tooth, Drs. Frandsen and Dansie might need to restore the tooth enamel with a dental crown. If the decay penetrates the pulp or root of the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal to excise the decayed material.

If you suspect you have a bad filling in West Jordan, Utah, you should call 801-890-0030 to have it repaired at Frandsen Dental.