Dental fillings sometimes have a finite lifespan. While they are intended to repair a tooth for many years, poor oral hygiene practices, and other bad oral habits can gradually start to weaken the bond between the dental filling material and the surrounding tooth enamel.
A failing dental filling might become increasingly sensitive. This might also be accompanied by a change in color or texture. If the dental filling is located on the biting surface of the tooth, you might also experience discomfort when biting down.
If you have noticed any of these symptoms with a previously repaired tooth you should have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Federico Lago.
Dr. Federico Lago will start with a thorough examination of the tooth to assess the severity of the problem. Then he will help you understand your treatment options.
If there is no new tooth decay in the area and the dental filling is relatively small Dr. Federico Lago might be able to simply remove the dental filling, along with a small amount of surrounding tooth enamel. Then he can apply a new, yet slightly larger dental filling.
If a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised or tooth decay has developed in the nearby tooth enamel, Dr. Federico Lago might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. This mode of treatment might also be called for if another surface of the tooth was also repaired by a dental filling.
If you live in the Peabody, Massachusetts, area and you are concerned about one of your dental fillings, you should not delay in calling 978.535.2500 to have it examined and treated at Zicherman, Lago, and Associates, PC.