The short answer is yes you can. You may notice when you bite down on a piece of food and something just does not feel right.
Or you could develop sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks. All of these are signs that your filling may have loosened up and should be taken care of as soon as possible.
You may be wondering what happens if the loose filling is left untreated? It is never a good idea to do this because it allows food and bacteria to make its way into the tooth. This could lead to more decay and in worst-case scenarios, it could lead to an infection of the root pulp or the nerves. An infection left untreated could spread to other areas of the mouth, such as the bone and could cause inordinate amounts of pain and extremely costly dental bills.
If you think that your filling is loose you must call a dental professional immediately. The sooner you take care of it the easier and less costly the treatment will be. Treatment usually includes x-rays so the dentist can visualize the filling and work out a strategy. In most cases, the dentist will have to remove the filling, remove any affected parts of the tooth, and replace the filling.
In the worst cases, the dentist may have to remove the filling and recommend a root canal or a crown to maintain the tooth's integrity. Rarely the tooth will need to be extracted and an implant will have to be placed.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to get your loose fillings replaced as soon as possible. Waiting can lead to a whole host of painful problems. Not only on the body and mind but also the wallet. If you suspect that you have a loose filling call us today to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to take a look and discuss treatment options. Get rid of worry and get the mouth you can be proud of! Call us today!