Dental fillings are typically secured in place with a bond that is intended to last for many years. However, a patient who frequently struggles to maintain good oral hygiene practices or has a bad habit of skipping their regularly scheduled dental checkups can be at increased risk for further dental health problems.
As time goes a chronic buildup of oral plaque acids could cause gradual demineralization in the tooth enamel, which could weaken the bond holding an old dental filling in place. Early signs that this has started to occur might include a change in the tooth’s surface texture as well as worsening sensitivity.
If you have noticed a change in a tooth with an old dental filling, you need to have our dentist examine it as soon as possible. After assessing the severity of the problem Dr. Frank Russomanno, Jr. will explain your treatment options.
In a case where the dental filling has fallen out, yet the void doesn’t immediately compromise the structural integrity of the tooth, our dentist might be able to install a replacement dental filling.
To do this he will use professional tools and techniques to carefully remove a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel, which will prepare the necessary surface texture to bond the replacement dental filling. Once it has been secured the new dental filling will restore the tooth’s basic function on your mouth.
If you live in Bloomington, Minnesota, and you have noticed a problem with a previously treated tooth, you should call 952.881.0504 to have it examined as soon as possible at Amber Leaf Family Dental.