Dental fillings are often used to repair an area of tooth enamel that has been distressed by a small cavity, a minor case of dental attrition, or a minor dental fracture. It essentially replaces the original tooth enamel with a dental material such as gold, porcelain, amalgam, or composite resin.
With good oral hygiene habits you can expect a dental filling to last for many years. However, if you struggle to brush and floss regularly, or you have a bad habit of procrastinating your routine dental exam, the dental filling’s bonding with the surrounding tooth enamel can gradually start to weaken. This is even more likely to occur if the dental filling was large or it was used to repair the biting surface of molar or premolar.
As this happens you might notice discomfort in the tooth, heightened sensitivity, or a change in the color of the surrounding tooth enamel. If you are experiencing a problem with one of your dental fillings you should not delay in seeking treatment at Dr. Jeff Tufarolo’s dental office.
Sometimes, Dr. Jeff Tufarolo can treat a small compromised dental filling by removing it and applying a new dental filling. This often calls for removing a small amount of adjacent tooth enamel to prepare a strong surface to bond the dental filling in place. If you are in the Everett, Washington, and you are experiencing symptoms of a compromised or distressed filling, you should call 425-405-6400 to have it examined and treated at Jeff Tufarolo, DDS, PS.