Dental fillings sometimes have a lifespan limited by years and poor oral hygiene problems. This is even more likely to be an issue for large and old dental fillings. Sometimes you can notice some early symptom of the relationship between the filling material and the surrounding tooth enamel starting to weaken.
This could include a sharp pain when chewing on that, heightened sensitivity, or a change in texture. A slight gray shade that develops in the adjacent tooth enamel is also a cause for concern, as it might mean that a new area of tooth decay is developing.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms with one of your old dental fillings, you should have the tooth examined by a reputable dentist like Dr. Duane Taylor.
In some of these cases he can replace the dental filling. This calls for him to remove it along with a small amount of surrounding tooth enamel. Then he can apply a new, slightly larger dental filling to repair the tooth.
If the bad filling is large or a new cavity has formed Dr. Duane Taylor might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica made from either porcelain, gold, or base metals.
If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you are concerned about one of your old dental fillings, you should call 214-330-7771 to have it examined and treated at Affordable Dentistry and Orthodontics.