Dental fillings can be made from different substances depending on the size and location of a cavity, area of dental attrition, or dental fracture. Most are created from either dental grade porcelain, a gold alloy, amalgam, or composite resin.
They are cemented or bonded to the surrounding tooth enamel with the durability to last for many years. However, inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can promote the natural bacteria in your mouth to weaken the bond between the dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.
As this happens you might notice a gray shade developing in the tooth enamel, a change in texture, or increased sensitivity in the tooth. Yet there are sometimes when a distressed dental filling doesn’t give any overt signs of a problem before it falls out.
The size and location of the dental filling will determine the type of treatment Dr. Aria Irvani recommends for restoring the full integrity of the tooth.
If the lost dental filling was small he might be able to apply a new dental filling to repair the area. This will require removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel to ensure a clean surface to bond the new dental filling.
If the original dental filling was large or multiple surfaces of the tooth have been compromised by tooth decay, Dr. Aria Irvani might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. This will completely replace the tooth enamel with an alternate dental material.
If you live in the Foothill Ranch, California, area and have a distressed or missing dental filling, you should call 949-382-1270 to seek treatment at Aria Irvani DDS.