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How to Tell if You Need a Filling Replaced
Posted on 2/10/2019 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
How to Tell if You Need a Filling ReplacedFillings are tough and durable, and they protect decayed teeth. Unfortunately, they aren't designed to last forever, and they'll eventually require replacement. These are a few signs that might indicate that the time has come to replace your filling.

Your Old Filling Fell Out

One of the most obvious signs that you need to replace your filling is if the old filling falls out. You might experience some pain, especially when the tooth is exposed to the air. You can temporarily apply some dental cement to help with the sensitivity, but you should definitely give our office a call right away for treatment.

Your Filling is Old

Unfortunately, fillings don't last forever, and depending on the material used, the lifetime of a filling may vary. An average filling will last from 7-15 years, at which time it needs to be replaced.

If it has been awhile since you had your filling put into place – or if you see signs of wear – replacement may be on the horizon.


Does a tooth that was previously filled suddenly hurt? If so, you may need a filling replacement. If your tooth is cracked, a cavity could develop under the filling, so it is important to see us so that we can inspect the health and structure of your tooth.

Sensitivity to Cold

Do cold beverages or a burst of cold air cause your tooth to hurt? It is possible that the filling is leaky. This can occur if the fillings don't adhere tightly to the teeth. Air or liquid reach the sensitive inner portions of the tooth, causing pain and discomfort.

Whether your filling appears broken or your tooth simply feels different, it may be time for a filling replacement. Call us today to let us inspect your fillings and to evaluate their condition.

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