Dental fillings are often made from special materials such as gold, porcelain, composite resin, or amalgam. They are typically used to repair a small cavity, chip, or dental fracture that has compromised a tooth.
Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can promote the natural bacteria in your mouth to weaken the bond between the dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. As this happens you might notice a gray shade appear in the areas surrounding the dental filling, or increased sensitivity in the tooth.
In other instances, there might not be any sign that a dental filling is in distress. You might be eating food or chewing gum and it suddenly falls out. In a situation like this, you should not delay in seeking dental care with Dr. Rebecca Barfield.
A tooth with a missing filling is at increased risk for a severe dental fracture, severe sensitivity, a new area of tooth decay, or other significant complications.
If the lost dental filling was small Dr. Rebecca Barfield 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 original dental filling was large or the tooth was significantly compromised, Dr. Rebecca Barfield might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will completely replace the tooth enamel with an alternate dental material.
If you live in the Little Rock, Arkansas, area and you have lost a dental filling, you should call 501.228.6360 to seek treatment at Jolly Family Dentistry.