A dentist will sometimes use a dental filling to repair a small physical defect in a tooth’s enamel layer. This is a common treatment plan for minor chips and small areas of tooth decay. The durable material applied to the area is intended to restore the tooth’s basic function and structural integrity for many years to come.
However, inconsistencies in your daily hygiene habits can potentially start to demineralize the tooth enamel surrounding a dental filling. As it progresses it can sometimes cause a slight change in color or surface texture in the tooth as well as a general sense of discomfort or heightened sensitivity.
If you have noticed symptoms like this in a previously repaired tooth you need to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Sonney L Chong as soon as possible. The longer you wait to have the problem professionally diagnosed the more likely you are to suffer a significant dental fracture.
After carefully assessing the severity of the problem he will put forth an effective treatment strategy. In a case where the compromised dental filling has put the structural integrity of the tooth at risk, he may recommend a dental crown restoration to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with another durable material.
If you live in the Sacramento, California, area and you are concerned about one of your dental filling, you should not delay in calling 916-421-3057 to have it examined and treated at Sonney Chong DMD.