Dental fillings can range in size depending on the dental health condition they need to treat. Minor cavities and chips can sometimes be repaired by a simple amalgam or composite dental filling. An inlay or onlay dental filling might be needed to treat a large cavity that afflicts one of the molars or premolars at the back of your mouth.
If you sometimes forget to brush your teeth twice a day or you are remiss to floss at least once each evening the poor oral hygiene condition in your mouth could start to affect your tooth enamel. As time goes on persistent oral plaque acids could potentially start to weaken the bond with a dental filling and the surrounding natural tooth enamel.
A tooth with failing or distressed dental filling could cause increasing discomfort or gradually worsening sensitivity. In some of these cases the patient might also notice a change in surface texture or discoloration in the surrounding tooth enamel.
If you have noticed a problem with a tooth that has an existing dental filling, you should have it examined by a dentist like Michael Taylor as soon as possible. After examining the tooth to assess the severity of the problem they will present you with your treatment options.
If the distressed dental filling is large or it compromises the biting surface of the tooth in question, they might recommend replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown restoration.
If you live in the Boone, North Carolina, region and you have noticed a problem with one of your dental fillings, you should call 828-264-3333 to have it examined and treated at Blue Ridge Dentistry.