Should I Replace My Dental Filling?

Cosmetic & Implant Dentists Accepting New Patients in Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch & Nearby Colorado

Posted: January 9, 2020

Dental fillings are an effective way to restore the form, function, and integrity of compromised teeth. These durable restorations can last for many years. However, there comes a time when most fillings need to be replaced, whether due to damage or poor aesthetics.

Below, learn if you should visit our Lone Tree dentists for a new filling. Plus, find out how you can save money on tooth-colored fillings during our 20th Anniversary White Sale, valid until February 1, 2020.

Signs It’s Time to Replace a Filling

Woman considering dental filling replacement in Lone TreeMinor problems with fillings are hard to detect outside of a routine dental exam. While you likely won’t notice if a filling is slightly cracked or worn, our dentists and hygienists will.

We use a special instrument to determine if your dental filling is intact and properly sealed, or if there’s a concern that warrants replacement. We may also suggest X-rays during your visit, which can help detect decay under an older filling. By scheduling routine dental exams, you’ll be able to catch problems with your fillings before they become serious.

As your dental filling becomes more compromised, you may start to experience:

  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth pain
  • Pressure while chewing
  • Dark spots on or near the filling

Without treatment, a damaged dental filling can fail. It may start to impact the surrounding tooth structure or fall out entirely.

The problem with damaged or missing fillings is that they allow harmful bacteria to penetrate the affected tooth. These bacteria eventually cause decay. Decay can proceed to damage the nerve and pulp, leading to a root canal or complete loss of the tooth. Replacing a defective filling will ultimately benefit the health of your smile.

Replacing Metal Fillings For Cosmetic Reasons

Even if you aren’t experiencing functional issues, you may choose to replace a filling for cosmetic reasons. At our practice, we see many patients who want to swap their amalgam dental fillings for white composite ones.

Amalgam fillings are often composed of silver, tin, copper, and other metals. They look dark and shiny in the mouth, making them more noticeable than composite resin fillings.

Because metal fillings used to be standard in dentistry, many adult men and women had them placed. Fortunately, our dentists can remove metal fillings and replace them with a more aesthetic option.

Take Advantage of Our White Sale

Our 20th Anniversary White Sale is the perfect opportunity to replace your fillings. Enjoy 20% off all white fillings until February 1, 2020. In the event that your filling needs to be replaced with a crown due to structural damage, we are also offering 20% off all white crowns.

Schedule your appointment today at 303-790-2323. Please mention the sale when you call to ensure that you receive the discount. Located in Lone Tree, Meadows Dental Group by Espire proudly welcomes patients from Highlands Ranch, Centennial, and other nearby areas of Colorado.