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Dental fillings are typically made from artificial materials like porcelain, gold, composite resin, or amalgam. While they are immune to the direct ravages of bacterial tooth decay, no filling can last forever. An inconsistent or inadequate daily oral hygiene routine or a failure to attend your regular dental checkup at Preferred Dental puts a filling at increased risk of failure.

Sometimes you might be able to notice the symptoms of a problematic filling. Early detection can significantly improve your treatment options while limiting potential complications.

Early symptoms of a filling in distress include a sharp pain when chewing on that particular tooth as well as heightened sensitivity. This could also be associated with a change in the tooth’s texture for a filling is on the lingual side of the tooth near your tongue.

A slight gray color developing in tooth enamel surrounding the filling is also a cause for concern. This is often a symptom that tells you the bacteria in your mouth have invaded the seam between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. If a new cavity develops within the tooth, it can cause the filling to fall out or allow decay to penetrate the interior of the tooth.

Sometimes Dr. Amirhassan Pouradib can repair a distressed filling by removing it and a small amount of the surrounding enamel. Then, he can apply a fresh yet slightly larger filling.

To replace a large filling or one suffering from a new cavity, he might recommend performing a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica made from either porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy.

If you live in the Santa Rosa, California, area and you suspect one of your fillings is in distress, you should call 707-544-8338 to have it examined and treated at Preferred Dental.