How to Tell If You Need a Dental Filling

May 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbrong @ 7:40 am
Tooth with dental filling

Do you think that you might need to have a dental filling placed? This restoration is used to fix teeth that have become damaged by decay, an injury, or another oral health issue. It involves your dentist administering a local anesthetic to the area, if necessary, before removing any damaged parts of the tooth. After cleaning the area, a filling material is added in order to restore the structure. Here are some common symptoms that could mean that you are in need of a filling.

Sharp Pain or Toothache

The most obvious ways to tell that you are in need of a filling is when you are experiencing tooth pain. One likely cause is that you have developed a cavity in the area that needs to be repaired. It could be either a constant toothache that is throbbing, or just a sharp pain that you feel when you bite down on something hard or cold. When this is something that you are noticing, you should see your dentist.


Some people have naturally sensitive teeth. This can stem from a number of different reasons, but if you notice new or worsening sensitivity, this could mean that the inner layers of the teeth are exposed because you have a cavity. This is especially the case if the sensitivity is mainly in one area of the tooth.

Dark Spot or Hole in the Tooth

If you feel like you can see a hole in your tooth or feel one with your tongue, this is a sign that you probably have decay, so you should have your dentist take a look at it. A noticeable cavity generally looks like a dark spot or hole on your tooth. If it is a larger cavity, you may be able to feel it. This is something you should bring to the attention of your dentist right away before it becomes more serious.

Broken or Lost Fillings

While fillings are very resilient, they aren’t indestructible, and they can become loose or break over time. You might be able to tell that a filling has popped out, but it isn’t always so obvious. Your tooth may just feel different. See your dentist so it can be repaired as soon as possible.

No one looks forward to getting a filling, but they have an important purpose. They can help you to keep your smile in excellent health for many years to come!

About the Author

Dr. Nicholas Brong earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of California in San Francisco. He also has dental implant training from the University Associates in Dentistry, Dental Implant Institute of Chicago, and laser dentistry training from UCSF. To learn more about dental fillings or to schedule an appointment at his office in Rochester, visit his website or call (507) 288-1066.

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