A tooth that suffered from a small cavity can sometimes be repaired at Dr. Blake Dayley’s practice with a simple dental filling. While fillings are intended to last for a long time, it is possible for poor oral hygiene to weaken a dental filling’s bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.
A tooth with a distressed dental filling on the biting surface might cause pain or discomfort when chewing or biting down. You might also notice heightened sensitivity or a change in color, or texture.
This could indicate that the natural bacteria in your mouth have managed to invade the seam between the tooth enamel and the dental filling material. The larger and older a filling is, the more susceptible it is to distress. Sometimes you can notice an overt symptom that one of your fillings is about to go bad.
In a situation like this, Dr. Blake Dayley will examine the tooth and take some X-rays. This will determine the severity of the problem and the most effective treatment method.
Sometimes Dr. Blake Dayley can replace a bad filling with some new filling material. Unfortunately, if the dental filling was large or the tooth suffers from a new area of decay he might recommend replacing the tooth enamel layer with a dental crown. The material used for the dental crown will vary depending on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile.
If you live in Boise, Idaho, and you suspect one of your fillings is in distress, please call 208-321-1141 to have it examined and treated at Dayley Family Dental. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, confident smile!