Catching a tooth that needs a filling early can save you a lot of time and money. The filling itself is basically a ‘plug’ for a decaying tooth, so regular check ups with your dentist can locate and target areas that are in the early stages of erosion.
It’s important to be aware of the warning signs of needing a filling so you can maintain control of your dental health and make appointments when necessary if symptoms progress.
Symptom 1: Achy teeth
These may come as sharp pains, dull aches, or general tooth aches.
Symptom 2: Rough on your tongue
If you run your tongue across the tooth and feel jagged edges that weren’t there before this may be a sign that the inside of the tooth is eroding.
Symptom 3: You can see the problem
If you look at or in your mouth and a hole is visible, this is a sure sign that something is wrong.
Symptom 4: It’s painful to chew
If applying any pressure to the tooth causes pain or discomfort it may mean that the tooth is losing stability in your mouth.
Symptom 5: Flossing fissures
When you floss your teeth the strand should come out whole. When you start to see the floss becoming frayed after your gentle flossing at home this may be a sign that the tooth is becoming sharp and jagged pointing to tooth decay.