If you are among the over 90% of adults in America that have had a permanent tooth affected by decay, then chances are you’ve made at least one visit to your dentist to receive a tooth filling. You may even remember a point during your visit when your dentist asked how the filling felt, or how well it was situated. Most likely, you were anesthetized at this point, and accurately judging the feel of your teeth may have been difficult, especially the tooth in question. Also, like most patients, you were probably ready for the procedure to be over so you can continue with your day. This combination of circumstances can sometimes contribute to an ill-fitting dental filling, which you’ll usually notice by the time the anesthesia wears off, or a few days later as normal function returns to your tooth. Aventura dentist Dr. Arun Garg discusses the difficulties that can arise from a dental filling that sits too high.
What is a High Filling?
The purpose of a tooth filling is to remove decayed tissue and replace it with a man-made material. The idea is to halt the spread of infection, but also to restore function to your tooth and maintain its structural integrity. In some cases, however, you may feel that your filling sits higher than the apex of your tooth. A high filling creates an uneven bite. Since the filling and its opposite tooth will meet before the rest of your teeth do, extra pressure is require to completely close your jaws.
Complications from a High Filling
The additional pressure placed on your tooth is more than should be exerted, and the tissues and ligaments that secure the tooth will become sore and inflamed. The pressure can cause your tooth to become overly sensitive. The inflammation can facilitate the development of gum disease, which works to destroy your teeth’s supporting gum tissue, jawbone, and connective ligaments. The extra force applied can also cause stress in your jaw joints, or TMJs, and lead to the severe discomfort of TMJ disorder.
Your Aventura Dentist Can Help
If your filling sits too high, a second visit will be required to shave the filling down to size and help prevent the damage it can cause. To learn more about dental fillings, contact your Aventura dentist at the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Aventura, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.