Dental fillings

Fillings restore full health and functionality to a tooth effectively. Dental filling procedures are most commonly used to treat cavities, but they’re also used to repair teeth that have been worn down over time.

What are the risks or side effects of having dental fillings

It is important to know about potential problems, so you can see your dentist promptly to have cavity fillings adjusted or repaired.

Possible complications from dental fillings include:

  • Infection

Sometimes a cavity filling will pull away from the tooth to which it is attached, creating a small space.

This space can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause additional tooth decay.

If you notice a space between your tooth and your cavity filling, visit a dentist as soon as possible.

  • Damage

Sometimes a cavity filling breaks, cracks, or falls out. Damage to a filling can occur when you bite down on something hard or if you are hit in the mouth while playing sports.

See a dentist as soon as you notice damage to a cavity filling to avoid irritation and infection of the unprotected tooth.

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