Dental fillings are designed to last for many years. However, chronic inconsistencies in your oral hygiene routine can gradually start to demineralize the surrounding tooth enamel. This can start to weaken the area around the dental filling.
As this starts to happen you might notice a gradual change in the surface texture of the tooth, as well as increasing sensitivity problems. This could be an early sign of a dental filling that is about to fail. In a situation like this you need to have the tooth examined by our dentist, Dr. Dennis Jenkins.
If the missing or distressed dental filling is small the dentist might be able to use a replacement dental filling. This will require removing a minor amount of additional tooth enamel to create a clean surface for the new dental filling. If multiple surfaces of the tooth have been affected or the dentist is concerned about the structural integrity of the tooth, he might recommend treating it with a dental crown restoration. This will completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate dental material.
If you live in the Sellersburg, Indiana, area and have a distressed or missing dental filling, you should call 812-246-3386 to have it examined and treated at Designing Smiles PSC.