A dental filling is often needed to treat a minor cavity. The durable dental material applied to the prepared tooth enamel serves to restore the tooth’s natural durability while also preventing further tooth decay in the area.
Once it has been bonded to the surrounding tooth enamel the dental filling will last for many years. Good oral hygiene habits will help maximize the dental filling’s lifespan.
As time goes on minor inconsistencies in your oral hygiene routine could gradually lead to a buildup or oral plaque acids. Over time this could demineralize the tooth enamel surrounding the dental filling, which could weaken its once strong relationship.
If you have recently noticed a change in a tooth with a dental filling, it’s best to have the tooth examined by a prosthodontist like Dr. Nicholas Kondon. The size and location of compromised dental filling will influence the treatment plan that he presents.
If the questionable dental filling is relatively small our prosthodontist might be able to remove it and apply a replacement dental filling. This will require him to remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel to provide a clean surface to adhere the new dental filling material.
If you live in the Concord, Massachusetts, area and have a tooth with a compromised dental filling, we invite you to call 978.369.9090 to have it treated at Nicholas P. Kondon, DMD.