Posted on 1/20/2019 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
|When you get a cavity, the solution is to get a filling. Most people take this process for granted. They may not like the idea of getting their tooth drilled, but once it is over, they realize that the process of getting a filling was painless and they figure it was worth it to regain the health of their teeth.
What they don't realize is that not all fillings are perfect. If the filling is too high, it can cause problems.
How Can a Dental Filling be too High?
A high filling is when too much of the filling material projects away from the cavity and the tooth. It is not something we want to happen, but it can occur. It is possible to feel the high cavity when you run your tongue over it and it is also visible at times. We never intend to have a filling result in this, but it can happen on rare occasions. There are a few problems that can occur from a high filling if it is not corrected.
A high filling can cause premature wear of the filling. Fillings do not always last a lifetime and a high filling could deteriorate faster, leading to the need for a replacement filling or to possible loss of the tooth.
Many people feel pain from the high filling. This is especially true when they bite down on the filling. As the filling wears down, exposure of the nerves can happen which leads to sensitivity to hot, cold and sweet foods.
High fillings can cause people to adjust their bite, which can lead to problems with TMJ. Some with high fillings are more prone to clenching their teeth or grinding their teeth. These things can strain the jaw muscles causing pain.
We never intend for our patients to have a high filling, but it can happen. The key to avoiding problems is correcting the high filling as soon as possible.
Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment with our dental professionals.