As a dental filling ages, it is possible for its bond with the surrounding tooth enamel to weaken. This is even more likely to be an issue if you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene practices on a regular basis.
As the surrounding tooth enamel starts to demineralize it could eventually cause one of your dental fillings to loosen and fall out. If this happens the compromised tooth enamel structure could increase your chances of suffering a severe dental fracture.
To prevent this from happening you need to have the tooth with a missing filling examined by a dentist like Dr. Bartholemew Schultz. The size and location of the original dental filling will determine the treatment method that he recommends.
If the original dental filling was small Dr. Schultz might be able to repair the tooth by removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel before applying a new dental filling. This will ensure a clean and healthy surface to bond a new dental filling in place.
In a case where the original dental filling was large, Dr. Schultz will likely recommend a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate dental material.
If you are in the Savage, Minnesota, area and you have a tooth with a missing filling, you should call 952-894-2545 to have it examined and treated at Smiles of Distinction’s dental offices.