5 Signs You Might Need a Filling

White, Amalgam and Gold tooth fillings

Cavities can develop at any point in your life. Even if you have a healthy oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly, these small holes in your teeth can develop and cause prolonged dental issues. Recognising the issue and seeking dental help can be vitally important. With that in mind, here are some of the most common signs that you may need a filling:

1 – Sensitivity/Pain 

Sensitivity and pain is often a sign of something amiss with your dental health. Sensitivity in your teeth can be a common issue but it can also be a sign of a bigger dental problem. If the pain feels centred in a particular tooth, then you must seek a dental appointment. You may need a filling or if the tooth has become severely infected at the root, you may require a root canal. 

2 – Consistent Toothache 

Your dental pain may not be concentrated in a particular area or largely painful at all, simply the consistent dull throb of a minor toothache. However, if this persists for a long period it can be a negative sign. Ignoring this as ‘just a toothache’ can lead to your simple toothache developing into a worse issue. You will need a dental professional to diagnose the source and best solution for your consistent pain. 

3 – Bad Breath

Cavities can cause you to have bad breath as they develop. As the deeper they become, the more food and other debris become lodged in the cavity. Creating an ample environment for a bad odour to develop. You may also notice an overall bad taste, which may also be metallic if an old filling has come loose. 

4 – A Hole on Your Tooth

If you start to notice a rough surface or developing hole in your tooth, it can be a definite sign that you need a filling. This may also be concerning if you can see a dark spot forming, as this may later develop into a hole. This is a sign that you almost certainly have a cavity and need to address it as soon as possible. 

5 – An Old Filling is Damaged/Missing 

Old fillings can also develop issues of their own, by becoming loose or falling out completely in some cases. The reason for a filling falling out can vary, but typically, it comes as a result of further tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene or lack of attention to dental care can cause a filling to fall out prematurely. In which case, you will need to have the filling replaced to prevent developing ongoing pain and further dental issues. 

If you are experiencing any of the above issues then it may be time for you to visit your dentist. Here at Dental Solutions, we offer initial free consultations for new patients. We have a variety of options for your fillings – just because they are necessary, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the way they look! Choose from a range of fillings including composite (white) and gold fillings. 

Simply get in touch with our friendly reception team today on 01925 756565 or book an appointment now. 


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