When a person gets their cavity filled by the dentist, a final step often includes having the patient bite down on a small piece of paper to check if the bite feels normal. Does this sound familiar?
When a tooth is drilled and then filled with material, sometimes the tooth may feel differently to the patient when he or she bites down. Referred to as a “high filling”, a filling that exceeds the original height of the tooth will often pose a problem to the patient when they bite down due to more pressure being put on that tooth from the tooth opposite from it. When this happens, the patient will feel discomfort in this area, particularly in the connective tissue that surrounds the tooth.
A person will know if they have a high filling if they experience soreness or pain on the tooth that persists for longer than a day after the filling was placed. Our Mississauga dentist will always try to ensure this won’t happen by testing the bite with the patient at the end of their appointment, but even so, it might be hard for the patient to detect a problem with the tooth (especially if their tooth is numbed up on local anesthesia).
Fixing a high filling is very simple. The dentist simply needs to shave off some of the thickness of the filling so that it fits in accordance to the patient’s natural bite. This can be done in no time! Always make a follow up appointment with your dentist after a filling if you suspect that the filling may be high. It’s really a simple fix!
If you think you’re in need of a filling, don’t wait any longer. Our dentist would be happy to check your teeth for any issues that would be better off treating now than later (when treatment may be more extensive). Call us today!