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What is a Leaky Filling?

Posted on 4/17/2017 by Dr. Brahmbhatt
A woman having a leaking dental filling corrected.
Have you ever heard the term leaky filling? This is when your filling and your tooth do not form a cohesive bond, leaving a gap where debris and saliva can drip. This is where the leaking comes from.

This is dangerous, and if you suspect that you have a leaky filling, you need to go in and get checked as quickly as possible. The sooner it is detected, the less damage your leaky filling can do.

When a Filling Leaks

When you have a leaky filling, it means that there are things that can be stuck inside your tooth, between where your filling was placed and the tooth itself. These things can then begin to decay, and they can damage the surrounding tooth.

Since the tooth was already filled, most dentists do not look at those teeth as carefully for new signs of decay, especially if the filling is relatively new. It is up to you to make sure you tell your dentist if any of your fillings don't feel quite right.

Most of the time, you cannot feel pain when you have a leaky filling, but there are times where pain does come into play. When you first get a filling, most of the time your tooth is going to be somewhat sensitive.

However, if that sensitivity goes up, or doesn't stop within a week or two of getting your filling, go back in and get checked. You would rather have your dentist redo your filling now than have to go through and get the tooth extracted down the line because your filling leaked.

Contact our office today if one of your fillings doesn't feel quite right. After the initial healing process, your fillings should not cause discomfort or sensitivity, so make sure this gets checked out as quickly as possible.

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