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The dental fillings used by your dentist, Dr.Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, MAGD, are designed to repair a cavity with an artificial material. Most fillings are made from either amalgam or composite resin. While they are not directly susceptible to tooth decay, the bacteria living in your mouth can slowly work to exploit the dental adhesive holding the filling to the surrounding enamel. This can weaken the cement or even cause a new area of decay to form around the old filling.

Early detection and treatment of a bad filling in Haddonfield, New Jersey, will decrease your chances of suffering complications. With that in mind, your dentist offers these common symptoms to look out for if you suspect one of your fillings is going bad.

With a bad filling on the biting surface of the tooth, you might notice a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. If the filling is near your tongue, you might feel it develop an edge or a change in texture.

If pervasive bacteria have worked their way between the filling and the healthy enamel of the tooth, it might develop a light shade of gray in the nearby enamel.

If you notice a change in one of your dental fillings in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and you suspect it is going to fail soon, you should not delay in calling 856-429-0404 to schedule an appointment at Vincent C. Mayher, DMD, MAGD.