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By John Chu, D.M.D
September 27, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Fillings  

Is your filling feeling a little loose? Ignoring the problem can lead to pain and oral health issues. Fortunately, your dentist in South Pasadena, CA, Dr. John Chu, offers emergency dentistry services and can treat loose fillings promptly.

Why you shouldn't wait to take care of a loose filling

Fillings can eventually become a little loose if you've had them a long time. Other causes of loose fillings include grinding your teeth while you sleep, tooth trauma, and using your teeth to open bottles or packages.

Have you recently been experiencing tooth sensitivity when you eat and drink cold or hot drinks and foods? The problem may be related to a loose filling. Fortunately, removing your filling and replacing it with a new one will end your pain.

Pain isn't the only concern if you have a loose filling. When a filling is loose, new areas of tooth decay can develop around it. If this happens, you'll need an even larger filling to restore your tooth. An abscess, a bacterial infection that infects the soft pulp in the center of your tooth, could also occur if the decay becomes widespread. Abscesses can cause severe pain and require emergency treatment to prevent the infection from spreading.

How to tell if your filling is loose?

You may feel your filling move a little when you chew or pass your tongue over the tooth. Pain when chewing may be another sign of a filling problem. Loose fillings can also make the surface of your tooth feel a little different or cause a discoloration in your tooth.

What happens if you have a loose filling?

You'll need to replace your restoration as soon as possible if your filling is loose. Luckily, filling replacement is one of the emergency dentistry treatments you can receive at the South Pasadena, CA, dental office. Once your new filling is in place, your pain will end. If your loose filling is caused by grinding your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend that you wear a nightguard while you sleep. The appliance will protect your teeth from damage that can loosen your new filling.

Do you need to make an emergency dentistry appointment? Call your South Pasadena, CA, dentist, Dr. Chu, at (626) 799-0852 to schedule your visit.

Dr. John Chu and Dr. Mary Lin offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments which are bound to satisfy your needs. It can be difficult to navigate every option available, so below is a basic primer of what you can expect, for much more information reach out to your South Pasadena, CA, professionals.

Do You Want a Brighter Smile?

If your smile is otherwise a healthy one but you are looking to improve its appearance then teeth whitening in your dentist's office may be just the thing for you. A procedure is especially helpful to anyone with stubborn food stains that don't respond to regular brushing or in-office cleanings.

Are Your Teeth Chipped or Cracked?

Employing dental bonding your dentist can correct small cracks and chips on your teeth, and even gaps between them. The tooth-colored resin is bonded onto the tooth in layers and is then shaped into the desired appearance.

This same resin can be used to fill cavities as an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings.

Are You Missing Teeth?

If you are missing a tooth you know just how much it can affect the way you feel about your smile. But the impact of a gap in your smile goes beyond aesthetics as it can cause the remaining teeth to shift because of the empty space. This can lead to crowding and other spacing problems. Dental implants can restore your missing tooth without the need to impact those adjacent to it. The result is a permanent tooth loss solution that acts and looks just like a natural tooth, and that with proper care can last a lifetime.

Do You Want a Full Smile Makeover?

Maybe what you are looking for is a completely new smile and dental veneers can offer just that. A significantly less invasive treatment to those offering similar results, dental veneers are thin but durable caps that are bonded onto your teeth. They don't require as much of your tooth to be reshaped, as would be the case with crowns, which translates into a faster overall treatment. Veneers are an excellent option for correcting misshapen teeth and slight gaps but are also perfect for addressing stains that teeth whitening cannot overcome.

Cosmetic Dentistry in South Pasadena, CA

Cosmetic dentistry can address many of the most common dental concerns, and to find out just which treatment is the best option for you begin by making an appointment with Dr. Chu and Dr. Lin in South Pasadena, CA, by dialing (626) 799-0852



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