Here at Grand Trails Dental, your dentist, Dr. Austin Baker, often uses fillings to repair a small area of tooth decay. While they are meant to last a long time, it is possible for the bacteria in your mouth to cause the bond between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel to fail. This is even more likely to be an issue if you’ve struggled to maintain good oral hygiene.
If a filling is going bad or if it falls out, you should call Grand Trails Dental as soon as possible to have it examined and repaired. Without timely treatment, the bacteria in your mouth could fully infiltrate the tooth enamel and cause a new, dangerous cavity to form deep inside the tooth.
A small filling that falls out or goes bad can sometimes be repaired by having a small amount of enamel removed and applying a slightly larger filling. If the original filling was large or if a new cavity has formed, your dentist might recommend a dental crown restoration. If the decay has managed to penetrate the pulp or root of the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal.
If you have a bad filling or if you’re missing a filling in Spring, Texas, you should call 832-616-8822 to explore your treatment options at Grand Trails Dental.