While fillings are designed to repair a tooth for a long time to come, they can still fail in time. The larger and older a filling it, the more likely it is to have an issue with the cement or surrounding enamel, causing it to fall out and be lost.
Sometimes you might notice a problematic filling that has a sharp pain when biting down or chewing on it. This might just be a case of the bacteria in your mouth having gained access to the cement holding the filling in place. This could also be accompanied by a slight graying in the nearby enamel.
If you lose a filling, you should call your dentist as soon as possible. If the area is left exposed bacteria can advance the area of decay and cause even more serious problems. Sometimes your dentist can repair the area by simply removing a little more enamel and cement a new larger filling in its place.
If a large filling falls out there might not be enough enamel left to properly cement a new filling in place. If this is the case your dentist will usually recommend that the tooth be fitted for a crown.
If you have a suspect filling or one that has fallen out, please call us at 845.452.8410 to schedule an appointment.