Fillings are typically bonded very securely to the surrounding tooth enamel. However, it is possible for oral hygiene inconsistencies to allow the bacteria in your mouth to invade the seam between the filling material and the rest of the tooth. This is a gradual process that might cause heightened discomfort in the tooth or a gray shade in the enamel layer.
Sometimes a tooth with a distressed filling will not show any overt signs of a problem. You might be chewing food and suddenly notice the filling come out. When this happens, you need to schedule treatment at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA. The more you delay, the more likely you are to suffer significant complications, including a painful dental fracture.
If the missing filling was small and there isn’t any new decay, Dr. Reeve Abraben might be able to remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel and apply a slightly larger filling.
If the original filling was large or if a new cavity has formed, Dr. Reeve Abraben might recommend a dental crown restoration. If the decay has managed to penetrate the pulp or root of the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal.
If you live in the Lake City, Florida, area and you have filling in distress or one that has fallen out, you should call 386.752.1342 to seek treatment at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA.