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What You Should Know About A Failing tooth-coloured Filling

Tooth Cavity Fillings in Calgary AB area

Tooth-coloured fillings are composed of a composite resin material that is strong, customizable, and can be directly bonded to the tooth to treat a cavity. They are celebrated for their natural appearance and ability to fit seamlessly into your smile. However, while strong, they will not last forever and could exhibit signs of failure as years pass. Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma and the team at Lake Chaparral Dental Care in Calgary, Alberta, want to make sure you understand these symptoms so you can seek timely treatment.

Here are some common signs you should be aware of which could indicate your composite filling is failing.


One of the most noticeable signs of a failing composite white filling is discoloration. If you observe a change in the colour of your filling, such as yellowing or darkening, it may indicate wear, staining, or leakage around the edges. This discoloration affects the aesthetic appeal and presents a compromised seal that could lead to future dental issues.

Sensitivity to Hot or Cold

If you experience discomfort or a sharp, sudden pain when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages, it may indicate a breakdown in the integrity of the filling or the development of microfractures.

Rough Edges or Surface

If you notice rough edges or an uneven surface, it may suggest wear and tear. Changes in texture could lead to an increased risk of plaque accumulation, tooth decay, and further deterioration of the filling.

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Visible Cracks or Chips

Inspect your filling regularly for any visible cracks or chips. These imperfections can compromise the structural integrity of the filling and may be indicative of ongoing wear. Cracks can also provide entry points for bacteria, leading to potential decay beneath the filling.

Recurrent Decay

If you had a composite white filling placed to address tooth decay, a recurrence of decay in the same area might suggest a failing restoration. Decay around or underneath the filling can compromise its effectiveness, and prompt, professional evaluation is essential.

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Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma would love to see you and assist with any issues you may have. To schedule an appointment at our Calgary, AB office, please call (403) 768-2271 or visit our website at www.lcdcare.ca.

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Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma, a graduate from the University of Alberta Neuroscience program, received Dental training at University of Alberta in Edmonton and went on to complete a two-year residency at Albert Einstein Medical Centre in Philadelphia, PA (United States). While at Albert Einstein Medical Centre she served as chief resident for a year. In this prestigious program, she took additional training in implantology, oral surgery, cosmetic services, and general dentistry.

Dr. Jay's passion for dentistry began in middle school when she selected the topic "teeth whitening agents" for a science fair competition. She considered dentists as artists who could improve smiles, increase confidence, and create beneficial changes in people's lives from an early age.

Dr. Jay pursued her passion of becoming a dentist in Gold Coast, Australia, where she earned a Master of Dentistry degree from Griffith University. Her enthusiasm for dentistry and sympathetic attitude drives her to make your dental visit as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

She enjoys educating patients about the significance of oral health and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of the most recent dental innovations to provide outstanding care to her patients. Dr. Jay finds it tremendously satisfying to alleviate dental anxiety while ensuring your trust is always in excellent hands.

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