Dental fillings are typically installed to repair an area of tooth enamel that has been compromised by a small cavity or a minor physical defect. While they are bonded or cemented to securely to the surrounding tooth enamel, it is possible for chronic poor oral hygiene to loosen the connection.
Over time chronic plaque acids can demineralize the tooth enamel causing the dental filling to loosen or potentially fall out. This process can be accelerated by an inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine or a bad habit of putting off your regular dental checkups at Snowy River Dental.
If the dental filling falls out the existing void could compromise the structural integrity of the tooth. This could lead a severe dental fracture and persistent sensitivity.
In a situation like this, the wisest course of action is to schedule an exam with a dentist like Dr. Danton Bradshaw. After assessing the severity of the problem he can help you understand your options for restoring the health and strength of the tooth.
If the void left by the missing dental filling is small he might be able to repair by applying a new, yet slightly larger dental filling. This involves removing a small amount of enamel to create a clean surface to later cement a new filling in place.
If the original dental filling was large or a new cavity has affected the tooth, he might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will completely replace all of the remaining tooth enamel with an alternate material such as gold, base metal alloy, or dental grade porcelain.
If you live in the Bellevue, Idaho, area and you have recently lost a filling, you shouldn’t delay in calling 208-788-2006 to have it treated at Snowy River Dental.