Most fillings have a limited lifespan. Even though small to medium-sized fillings can last a very long time, old and large fillings are more likely to fail. This is often a result of the bacteria in your mouth attacking the seam where the filling meets the healthy tooth enamel. A situation like this is even more likely if you have an inattentive or inadequate daily oral hygiene routine.
If you lose a filling, the bacteria in your mouth will not pass up the opportunity to attack and compromise the newly exposed tooth enamel. Since this enamel layer is significantly more shallow than the rest of the enamel layer, the bacteria and tooth decay can quickly gain access to the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. Should the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth suffer from decay, our Smile Concepts Dental team might need to perform a root canal to remedy the situation.
If the lost filling is immediately addressed, there will still be a chance that your dentist, Dr. Maral Seroon, can remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel and apply a new filling.
If there is extensive decay but the internal structures of the tooth are still healthy, then we might recommend having the entire enamel layer of the tooth replaced with a dental crown.
If you have recently lost a filling in Norristown, Pennsylvania, or if you suspect that one of your fillings is going bad, you should call Smile Concepts Dental at 484-704-7675 to schedule an appointment.