Dental fillings are typically bonded or cemented to the surrounding tooth enamel with an integrity meant to last for many long years. However, poor oral hygiene habits could weaken this bond, causing the dental filling material to slowly disconnect from the healthy dental material.
As this starts to happen the tooth might become increasingly sensitive. This might also be accompanied by a change in color, texture, or discomfort when biting down. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should have the tooth examined by a dentist like Dr. Lara Perry.
Without professional treatment, bacteria could cause a new area of tooth decay to develop in the tooth. This could infect the pulp and root of the tooth, causing a toothache, a dental abscess, or even the eventual loss of the tooth.
Dr. Lara Perry will first need to perform a thorough examination of the tooth to assess the severity of the problem. Then she will help you understand your treatment options. This could call for removing the old dental filling and replacing it with a slightly larger one.
If a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised or a new cavity has developed in the nearby tooth enamel, Dr. Lara Perry might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown.
If you live in the Seguin, Texas, area and you are concerned about one of your dental fillings, you should not delay in calling 830-379-8902 to have it examined and treated at Bella Vista Dental.