A dental filling is often used, by dental professionals to repair an area of tooth enamel that has been compromised by a cavity, minor dental fracture, or another physical defect.
They are often cured and bonded to the surrounding healthy tooth enamel or cemented in place with a special dental adhesive. This will repair the tooth’s basic structure and function for many years to come.
As the years go by it’s possible for the connection with the surrounding tooth enamel to become weakened. This is even more likely to occur if you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits.
Early signs that a dental filling has been distressed could involve increased sensitivity or pain when chewing. This might also be accompanied by a change in texture or a gray color developing in the nearby tooth enamel. Other times a distressed dental filling might not show any overt signs of a problem and it simply falls out when you’re eating or chewing gum.
Sometimes Dr. Jennifer E. Taylor can treat a small missing dental filling with a slightly larger replacement dental filling. This involves Dr. Jennifer E. Taylor uses a drill to remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel before applying a new dental filling in place.
If the missing or distressed dental filling was large or a new cavity has formed, Dr. Jennifer E. Taylor might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
If you live in Mason, Ohio, and you have a missing or distressed dental filling, you should not delay in calling 513.229.7801 to seek treatment at Taylor Family Dentistry.