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How Do You Know If You Need A Filling?

A tooth filling is a dental restoration that involves removing decay and repairing the affected tooth. If the damage is severe enough, you may need a root canal and a cap, but that is a different dental procedure. Instead, it’s just a larger filling. In all cases, it’s best to get regular dental exams so the decay never gets out of control. Wondering if you need a dental filling? Here are some signs that you do:


A toothache may be the most common sign that you might need a tooth filling. But, sensitivity to certain temperatures, to pressure, or to sweet foods are also indicators that you need a filling. Finally, if you experience sudden or throbbing pain when biting or chewing, you also might need a tooth filling.


Many people have naturally sensitive teeth, while others don’t. If you’ve never suffered from tooth sensitivity before but suddenly start, consider this a big warning sign! Sudden or increased sensitivity in one area of your mouth is also something to watch out for.

Fractured/Chipped Tooth

Cavities are the number one reason for tooth fillings, but beyond that, fractured teeth can also be repaired with a white composite filling material. In both cases, these tooth fillings slow down or even prevent further tooth decay and damage.

Visible Signs That You Need A Filling:

Sometimes, there are visible signs that you need a filling. These symptoms include the following:

  1. Dark spots on your teeth
  2. A hole that you can see
  3. A tear caused by floss
  4. Food getting stuck in or between certain teeth
  5. A broken filling