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Fillings are made to repair modest-sized cavities. Even though every filling Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi applies is intended to last for many years, it is possible for the pervasive effects of your oral bacteria to compromise the cement that is securing it to the healthy tooth enamel. As a general rule of thumb, the larger or older a filling is, the more likely it is to succumb to the ravages of bacteria.

There are some warning signs of a troublesome filling that Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi advises you to look out for. One symptom is a sharp pain when biting down or chewing on the tooth. You should also note any change in the tooth’s texture or color because the bacteria weaken the cement holding the filling in place.

If you notice signs of a bad filling, you should call Southern Marin Dental as soon as possible. If the problem isn’t resolved in a timely manner, it could become something serious. If the filling is small, Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi might be able to remove a small amount of additional enamel and cement a new filling in place.

If a large, old or otherwise problematic filling has developed additional areas of tooth decay, there might not be enough enamel to secure a new filling in place. This usually prompts Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi to recommend that the tooth be fitted for a dental crown.

If you are suspicious of a bad filling in Mill Valley, California, you should call Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi at 415-578-5879 to schedule an appointment.