Fillings are designed to repair a tooth that has suffered a small chip or cavity. They are made from durable materials like gold, porcelain, composite resin, or amalgam that are impervious to tooth decay. However, poor oral hygiene practices can encourage the natural bacteria living in your mouth to attack the seam where the filling meets the surrounding healthy tooth enamel.
Without timely detection and treatment, the filling could potentially fall out. When this happens, the surrounding enamel is vulnerable to fracture or new tooth decay. This could lead to even more serious complications.
If the missing filling was small, Dr. O’Donnell and VanZanten might be able to repair it by removing a small amount of enamel and cementing a new filling into place.
If the filling was large or if the decay has compromised too much of the enamel layer of the tooth, they might recommend having the tooth fitted for a dental crown. This is a tooth-shaped cap that will completely replace the tooth enamel layer. Once it has been cemented in place, the crown can restore the tooth for many years to come.
If you have recently lost a filling in Lexington, Kentucky, you should call 859-269-4613 to seek timely treatment with our dentists at ODonnell Family Dentistry.