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Dental fillings are meant to repair a small cavity or minor dental fracture with an alternate dental material. They are bonded securely to the surrounding tooth enamel. However, poor oral hygiene habits and the passage of time can gradually weaken this connection, allowing bacteria to work their way into the tooth.

In a situation like this you might notice a change in color, or a sharp pain when biting down with the tooth. A lingual dental filling, near your tongue, might develop an edge or a change in texture. If the bacteria living in your mouth have worked their way between the filling and the healthy enamel of the tooth it could allow a new area of tooth decay to form.

If you suspect one of your dental fillings is in distress, you should seek dental care at Dr. Carol Halloran’s dental offices. If a large amount of tooth enamel was lost, they might recommend a dental crown restoration. This will perfectly replicate the tooth’s outer layer in another material.

In an extreme case where the bacterial presence has compromised the pulp of the tooth, Dr. Carol Halloran might need to perform a root canal. Once the decayed materials have been removed she can rebuild the internal structure needed to secure a dental crown.

If you live in the Waterloo, Iowa, area and you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you should not delay in calling 319.291.3908 to have it examined and treated at Crossroads Dental.