A dental filling is typically used to repair a tooth that has been attacked by tooth decay or a minor dental fracture. It is often made from either amalgam or composite.
As time goes by, the pervasive bacteria living in your mouth can exploit the dental adhesive bonding the filling to the surrounding healthy tooth enamel. This is even more likely to be an issue if you’ve struggled to maintain a consistent daily oral hygiene routine or if you delay your regular dental checkup at Derby Family Dentistry.
Small fillings that fail can oftentimes be repaired by removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel and applying a new filling. This can restore the function of the tooth again for many years to come.
To replace a large filling, Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden might recommend a dental crown restoration. This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica cast in gold, porcelain, or a special metallic alloy.
If you live in Derby, Kansas, and you’ve had a filling fail, you should call 316-788-4000 to have it examined and repaired at Derby Family Dentistry.