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A 31-year-old member asked:

white tooth filling turned black. should i be worried?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Get it checked out: It could be staining, a deteriorating filling, decay under and\or around the existing filling or perhaps new decay. See your dentist to find out which one it is.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Yes: Not normal if all is well. This indicates something is wrong. Might be only stain, but more likely it is breakdown with decay. Se your Dentist to check and treat as needed. Good Luck.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Absolutely: Most likely the restoration needs to be replaced. Please have your dentist evaluate it.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
You should: It is possible that the tooth decayed further. Your dentist should be able to analyze the problem and suggest a treatment. Visit your dentist ASAP.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How does a dentist fix a chipped front tooth with filling?

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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 48 years experience
Poorly: A filling by definition is a "contained" material. It fills a hole. Replacing enamel on chipped edges places bonded composite at risk of separation when brought into function. Biting a sandwich likely will break it off. Bonding composite is a temporary solution. Longevity is important. Small chips respond best to tooth contouring. Large chips to veneering with porcelain. Crown fractures.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can you hide a tooth filling?

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Dr. Woojin Woody Kwon
Dentistry 19 years experience
Tooth-colored resin: Using tooth colored resin filling would be the best option.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long will a temporary tooth filling last?

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Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dentistry 38 years experience
It depends: The need for a temporary filling may stem from a small chip or a much more substantial loss of part of a tooth, or even from an opening that a dentist may make. There is a very wide choice of materials for temporary fillings. Some are soft and meant to be easily removed. Others may last a very long time (up to or beyond a year). The answer depends on a combination of these factors.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What should one do when a tooth filling falls out?

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Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dentistry 9 years experience
See your dentist: Immediately, most likely way to prevent a root canal. But if you wait too long you might need the root canal. Filling much less costly and time consuming for the patient.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long willit take for the numbing medicine to wear off after a tooth filling?

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Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 39 years experience
Generally: 2-3 hours depending on the medication used and your metabolism (the faster you pump it through your system the faster the liver can break it down).

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