You may need to receive a dental filling to repair a tooth after a small or moderate cavity has developed. While dental fillings are hardened and cemented with a dental adhesive to be very long lasting, they can become weakened and start to fail over the years as the bacteria in your mouth affects the dental adhesive and the surrounding tooth enamel.
By recognizing the symptoms of dental filling failure, you can benefit from early detection and receive the most conservative treatment possible.
For example, if you feel sharp tooth pain when using a tooth that has a filling, this can be a sign the filling has gone bad. Another sign is noticing changes in the dental filling texture that you can see or feel with your tongue.
If the surrounding tooth enamel turns a slightly gray color, it could be a result of bacteria affecting the seam of the tooth enamel and the filling. Your filling may feel loose or fall out if it has been affected by tooth decay, especially if bacteria reach the interior structure.
Depending on the state of the compromised filling, we may be able to replace it with a larger filling by taking away some unhealthy tooth enamel. However, if there is tooth decay, a dental crown could be the better option. When the pulp and tooth root is involved, we may need to restore the full tooth by performing root canal therapy to remove decayed material.
We encourage you to learn more about how to treat a dental filling in Provo, Utah, by calling Robinson Wolfgramm Dental at 801-373-2060 today and arranging an appointment with one of our skilled dentists, Dr. Robinson, Dr. Robinson, or Dr. Wolfgramm.