NW Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental acknowledge that dentistry doesn’t always last forever so wants patients to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate that a dental restoration (filling) needs to be replaced. Watching for these subtle signs and symptoms means that any required dentistry can begin before more expensive or invasive treatment is necessary.
Seeing a NW Calgary Dentist for regular check-ups will help prevent signs like – wear – cracks – decay – or an open margin from going unnoticed and untreated. Dental fillings that are failing can become bigger issues; the mild sensitivity you’re experiencing today may be a toothache that wakes you in the night tomorrow. Maintaining regular visits to your Calgary Dentist helps ensure that any dental concern you may have is detected, diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.
Dentistry may last for years before needing to be replaced. However, excessive wear from clenching and grinding, constant pressure from daily chewing, can cause a filling to chip, crack, or possible even fall out. Fillings that have an open margin – this is where the filling has pulled away from the enamel of the tooth – are at high risk for developing decay. The opening between the filling material and the enamel of the tooth is a perfect place for bacteria, which is always present in saliva, the food particles to become trapped. Regular brushing is unable to remove this bacteria and debris, which if left, causes decay to form over time. The decay destroys tissues of the tooth from the inside out and can spread to the pulp or ‘nerve’ of the tooth; leading to extreme discomfort and the need for root canal treatment.
Experiencing some sensitivity when you chew or drink something really hot or really cold may be the early signs that your tooth needs to be checked by a Calgary Dentist. It’s normal to have some sensitivity with ‘white fillings’ that have just been placed; but sensitivity with a tooth that does not have any ‘new dentistry’ in it and is not going away should be checked.
Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental encourage patients to maintain regular cleanings and check-up exams so that early signs of fillings that need to be replaced can be detected, diagnosed, and treated in a timely manner.
Call Ranchlands Dental today to schedule a visit with one of these NW Calgary Dentists. Your dental health is their priority. 403.239.5212