While dental fillings are meant to repair a tooth for a very long time, they are not invulnerable to the passage of time and complications brought on by poor oral hygiene. This can weaken the original bond between the surrounding tooth enamel and the filling material.
If you notice a change in texture, increased sensitivity, or a toothache in a tooth with a dental filling, you should not delay in seeking treatment with a dentist like Dr. Joan M. Jupina.
With a basic examination, Dr. Joan M. Jupina can quickly assess the severity of the problem. Once this is done she can present you with the most applicable treatment method.
Sometimes Dr. Joan M. Jupina can repair a small distressed dental filling by removing it along with small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. Then she can apply a slightly larger dental filling to the area. Once it has been bonded in place the new dental filling will restore the full function of the tooth.
In a case where the bad dental filling compromises a large area, Dr. Joan M. Jupina might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. This treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica made from either porcelain, gold, or a blend of base metals.
If you live in the Hayward, California, area and you suspect one of your dental fillings is distressed you should call 510.783.1414 to have it examined and treated at Jupina Dental.