Reality is that very few people have perfect teeth. The majority of people have some fillings, and those fillings don’t last a lifetime. As a filling’s margins begin to wear away, bacteria enter the leaky filling resulting in recurrent decay under old restorations.
Unfortunately, defective old leaky fillings often don’t cause any pain or sensitivity, so patients are unaware of a problem until the tooth becomes symptomatic or fractures. By the time a tooth with recurrent decay becomes sensitive or fractures, more treatment (like a root canal) is required to restore it than if the leaky filling was addressed earlier. At the integratedDENTAL, we use digital x-rays and frequently evaluate old restorations to identify leaky and failing fillings early on so they can be replaced promptly. We replace old fillings only with cosmetic, durable tooth-colored materials so the result seamlessly matches your natural teeth- no more ugly silver fillings!