Tooth decay isn’t always painful. In fact, some cavities may never cause symptoms at all. But if you do experience one of these seven signs, a tooth filling is likely in your near future.
7 Signs You Need a Tooth Filling
- Sensitivity to “Sweet” Foods or Drinks
Sweet sensitivity is the most common symptom of tooth decay. But sugary candies aren’t the only culprit. Your sweetened coffee creamer, diet soda, or sports drink could set symptoms off too!
- Feeling Something Rough with Your Tongue
Your tongue is extremely delicate and can point out even the most minuscule of changes in your teeth. If you’re running your tongue along and feel an unexpected roughness that doesn’t seem to “blend” with the teeth around it, be sure to let our Tsawwassen dentist know.
- Food Repeatedly Getting Caught in the Same Area
Cavities often form between teeth or down within the deep grooves on chewing surfaces. If there’s an area you need to floss or use a toothpick on after every meal, it might be that the food is catching in an area that needs a tooth filling. Apart from cavities, food can also tend to pack in areas where periodontal disease is starting to develop.
- Something Feeling Off When You Bite Down or Chew
Sometimes there’s not a true symptom that people feel when they have a cavity. But if you’re eating and notice that one tooth just doesn’t feel right, you need to have it evaluated by our Tsawwassen dentist during your next checkup. It’s possible you could need a tooth filling.
- A Bad Taste Coming from Your Tooth
Decay is a bacterial infection inside of your tooth. Like gum disease, cavities can sometimes cause a bad taste to come from the area that’s infected. Removing the decaying structure and placing a tooth filling will stop the cavity from spreading any further.
- Dark Areas Around Your Current Filling
A tooth filling won’t last forever. After several years, the margins around your restoration may start to leak. If you see sudden dark areas beginning to develop around the edges of current dental fillings, there may be a leak. This visible symptom is a signal that it’s time to change your filling out with a new one.
- A Sticky “Catch” During Your Dental Exam
During your dental exam, our Tsawwassen dentist Dr. Jan Roberts will use a small explorer to feel the deep grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. If the tip of the explorer finds a soft area and tends to stick in it in a way that requires a small tug to remove it, it’s usually a sign that there is a tiny cavity beginning to form.
Do You Need a Tooth Filling?
Our Tsawwassen dentist will likely need to take an x-ray or two to make sure your tooth is cavity-free. If there’s a visible darkness on your radiograph, then it’s an indication of active infection or tooth decay and may be time for a white filling. If you’re experiencing any of these tooth decay symptoms, it’s time to call our Tsawwassen dentist at Roberts Dental & Facial Rejuvenation to schedule an exam and possible tooth filling. Don’t wait another day! Book online now or call 604-943-3343.