Modern dentistry offers great materials to replace old amalgam fillings. Depending on the size of the cavity we may recommend different options. Large cavities or filling replacements are best done with porcelain restorations. Smaller cavities can be treated with composite resin.
The Problem With Big Fillings
The strongest tooth is one that has never been filled. Once tooth structure is lost, through decay and placement of fillings, a tooth starts to bend and flex. The result can be stress fractures developing internally in teeth. We might recommend a strong porcelain crown or overlay for a heavily filled tooth, to prevent flexing and the development of a cusp fracture.
How Do I Know I have A Fracture?
The common symptoms of a cusp fracture are:
- Pain on biting hard things, sometimes just at a certain angle.
- Cold sensitivity.
Fractures can’t be seen from the outside of a tooth in most cases. We’ll carry out tests to verify the culprit tooth and recommend a strong cover to stop flexing. This treatment usually improves the symptoms immediately. Sometimes a fracture acts as a bacterial highway, allowing a pathway for infection. If the fracture tracks internally then the nerve may become infected and the tooth may need root canal treatment or extraction. Typically the symptoms include heat sensitivity and ongoing pain.