A Failing Dental Filling Might Promote Additional Tooth Decay

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Dental fillings are often used to treat minor defects that affect a tooth’s enamel layer. They are often used to treat individual surface cavities, chipped tooth enamel, and dental attrition. In each case, fillings are intended to restore the structural integrity and basic function of the tooth when it was healthy.

As time goes on, poor oral hygiene habits and the general passage of time can weaken the once strong relationship between the dental filling material and the natural tooth enamel. As the problem continues to develop, the bacteria in your mouth could gradually gain access to the seam of the dental filling, ultimately allowing bacterial influence to afflict the pulp or root of the tooth.

When bacteria gets underneath a filling, it can result in gradually worsening tooth sensitivity or a toothache that requires professional treatment from dentistss like Drs. Davidson and Seamons.

In many of these cases, our dentistss might need to treat the affected tooth by performing a root canal. This endodontic therapy will remove all the infected materials and rebuild the internal structure of the tooth. This will then be followed by a dental crown restoration to effectively replace the tooth’s enamel layer.

If the root of the tooth has been severely compromised, if a large dental abscess has formed, or if there are bone structure issues in that part of your mouth, you may require a dental extraction. After your tooth is removed, our dentistss and staff can replace the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant restoration.

If you live in the Hamilton, Montana, area, and if you are suffering from a toothache, you should call 406-363-4010 to have it professionally treated at Mountain Peak Dental.