Signs You May Need a Tooth Filling

No one wants to get a filling, but oftentimes they’re necessary for eliminating pain and discomfort and for preventing more serious problems from occurring later on. Fillings help to repair cavities, but they also can help repair cracks in teeth. So, how do you know if you may need a filling? Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to make an appointment with your Torrance dentist.

  • Tooth pain when biting or chewing
  • A dark spot on your tooth
  • A physical hole in your tooth that you can see or feel
  • Rough, chipped, or broken teeth 
  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary foods
  • Dental floss tearing in a particular spot

We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Composite Fillings and Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.