Fillings are a typical dental treatment used to repair a tooth suffering from a small chip or cavity. They are typically made from materials like gold, composite, amalgam, or dental-grade porcelain, which are immune to the bacterial ravages of tooth decay. However, it is still possible for inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine to enable the bacteria in your mouth to weaken the surrounding tooth enamel and the bond with the filling.
As time goes on, the filling could potentially fall out, exposing the surrounding tooth enamel to more serious complications. This could result in significant fractures or a dangerous cavity forming deep within the tooth.
In the case of a small missing filling, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins might be able to repair it with a new filling. This involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel to create a clean surface for cementing a new filling in place.
If it was a large filling or if the decay has compromised too much of the enamel layer of the tooth, he might recommend having the tooth fitted for a dental crown. This is a form of restoration that will completely replace the tooth enamel layer with either gold, porcelain, or a base metal alloy. Once it has been cemented in place, the crown can restore the tooth for many years to come.
If you live in the Boerne, Texas, area and you have lost a filling, you should call 830-443-4352 to seek professional attention at our dental office.