Dental fillings are commonly produced from composite resin, metallic amalgam, a gold alloy, or special dental grade porcelain. They are typically married to the surrounding tooth enamel to effective repair a physical defect, or cavity that affects the tooth’s enamel layer.
If you struggle to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen, the demineralization effect on your tooth enamel can gradually weaken the seam along the dental filling material. As this continues to progress bacteria could gain increasing access to the area.
When this starts to affect the tooth, you might notice discomfort or newly developed sensitivity. In some cases, you might also notice a change in surface texture or color. Without professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Sellers, Dr. Platt, Dr. Lochtefeld, and Dr. Lochtefeld the tooth could suffer from worsening complications.
Small dental fillings that have just started to be distressed can sometimes be addressed by replacement with a new dental filling. This will involve our dentists removing a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel before applying a slightly larger dental filling.
If the distressed dental filling is large or a new area of tooth decay has developed in the adjacent tooth enamel we might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown restoration.
If you live in the Springboro, Dayton, and Kettering, Ohio, region and you have noticed a problem with one of your dental fillings, you should call (937) 253-3601 to have it examined and treated at Dayton Comprehensive Dentistry’s dental offices.