A dental filling is a somewhat common treatment used to repair tooth enamel that has been compromised by dental caries or a small dental fracture. They are typically created from materials like amalgam metals, composite resin, gold, or dental grade porcelain. If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene or you have a bad habit of putting off your routine dental checkups with Dr. Edward Garry, the plaque acids in your mouth can start to weaken the bond that holds a dental filling to the surrounding tooth enamel.
As this starts to happen, the tooth with the distressed dental filling can become sensitive, or develop a change in texture. Without professional attention, the dental filling could eventually fall out. In a situation like this, the tooth will be at increased risk of tooth decay or a potentially severe dental fracture.
With early attention, it might be possible for Dr. Edward Garry to treat a small missing dental filling with a slightly larger replacement dental filling. This treatment involves using a drill to remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel before applying a new dental filling in place.
If the dental filling was large or a new area of tooth decay has developed, Dr. Edward Garry might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This is essentially a complete replica of the tooth enamel layer made from either porcelain, gold, or an alloy of base metals.
If you live in Greenfield, Indiana, and you have a tooth with a missing dental filling, you should not delay in calling 317-462-1252 to seek treatment at Greenfield Family Dentistry.