Dr. Shahnam Amini and our team of oral care professionals will typically use a dental filling to repair a small area of compromised tooth enamel. This is a relatively common treatment for a small cavity, minor case of dental attrition, or a single surface chipped tooth.
The material used for the dental filling is married to the surrounding tooth enamel with the durability to last for many years. Yet chronic inconsistencies in your oral hygiene practices can promote the natural bacteria in your mouth to weaken the bond between the dental filling and the neighboring tooth enamel.
Sometimes a distressed dental filling with have a gradual change in texture, or increased sensitivity in the tooth. Yet there are sometimes when a distressed dental filling doesn’t give any overt signs of a problem before it falls out.
The size and location of the dental filling will determine the necessary treatment plan that our team recommends for restoring the full integrity of the tooth.
If the void left by the missing dental filling is small, Dr. Shahnam Amini might be able to apply a new dental filling to repair the area. This will require removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel to ensure a clean surface to bond the new dental filling.
If the void caused by the missing dental filling encompassed multiple surfaces of the tooth or Dr. Shahnam Amini is concerned about the structural integrity of the remaining tooth enamel, he might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. This will completely replace the tooth enamel with an alternate dental material.
If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and have a distressed or missing dental filling, you should call 713-644-4446 to seek treatment at Centro Family Dental.