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3 Signs It’s Time to Update Your Old Fillings

Philadelphia PA Cosmetic Dental Treatments

How long have you had those dental fillings in there?

Keep your eye out for these three signs that indicate it’s time to upgrade your dental restorations.

  • 1. Your Filled Teeth Hurt or Feel Sensitive

    A tooth might be a little sensitive within the first couple days of getting a new restoration, but it quickly gets used to the filling. So, if your tooth randomly starts hurting a year or more after getting it filled, it could indicate that a cavity has snuck back in underneath and created a new hole in the tooth.

  • 2. Your Fillings and/or Tooth Are Broken

    An obvious sign of a damaged filling is if you discover pieces of it coming off your tooth one day. White fillings in particular can break down if you have a habit of grinding your teeth. The restoration needs to be replaced if it’s going to protect your tooth from decay and sensitivity.

  • 3. Food Keeps Getting Stuck

    Another sign of an old filling is if you keep getting food stuck in it. As the filling pulls away from the tooth, it leaves behind a gap that traps food, germs, and even snags on dental floss. Functional dental restorations should have a tight bond with the tooth and flush edges.

    What If Your Tooth Feels Fine?

    Just because a filled tooth looks and feels fine to you doesn’t guarantee that it’s problem-free. That’s why routine dental checkups including x-rays are so important. A dentist can pick up on signs that a filling is failing long before it starts to bother you.

  • Schedule your next dental checkup in Philly right here at Dentists on the Square to make sure your current restorations are in tip-top shape.

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    Dentists on the Square is great. I’ve had a lot of work done, and they are by far the best practice I’ve been to. They are preventative in mindset, which makes a huge difference to minimize issues before they are large scale problems. The team collaborates and they are very attentive. And now I walk out after a cleaning with much whiter teeth! My hygienist is amazing!

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    They actually have me excited to get implants. The staff is amazing and extremely kind. Very thorough and comprehensible, even with such a detailed process. Thank you!! I’m very happy to have been recommended to come here.

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    I highly recommend! The staff is really friendly and nice. I had my wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Roberts and Vince and they are great. I was really nervous to have that type of treatment but they reassured me that I would be okay and made it a good experience. It is so worth it!

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    My first appointment at DOTS was pretty incredible. I had a traumatic experience at my last dentist three years ago that resulted in my 1) developing severe anxiety around going to the dentist and 2) me putting off my dental health for a while. Everyone at DOTS was incredible and super supportive. Shoutout to the hygienist and dentists there that get their patients through the appointments with humor and professionalism. I think I might actually look forward to the dentist now!

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    Incredibly knowledgeable and professional staff. Really pleased with my experience! This is now my go to dentist office.

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    Everyone is very friendly, the office is very clean and well organized. I will definitely be returning for my dental work.

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