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Our dentist, Dr. Steven Thompson may recommend a dental filling to fix a small dental cavity, chip, or dental attrition in a tooth. At Thompson Dental Care, your dental filling can made from dental composite resin or amalgam. While dental fillings are not susceptible to the effects of tooth decay, the surrounding tooth enamel can become damaged and weaken the dental filling.

Over time, poor or inconsistent dental hygiene allows bacteria to build in your mouth and affect the seam between the tooth enamel and the dental filling. If left undetected and untreated, it could lead to the development of a new cavity that may result in failure of the filling.

To help you determine if your dental filling is in trouble, our dentist offers a few professional insights. For example, you may experience sharp pain when you bite down or chew if the filling was placed on the biting surface of a tooth. If the filling is within reach of your tongue, you can run your tongue along it and feel any changes in texture or the development of an edge.

Pervasive bacteria can also cause the tooth enamel to change color. If bacteria has come between the dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel, the enamel may turn a light shade of gray. Bacteria buildup can lead to significant distress within the inner tooth structure, causing symptoms such as increased tooth sensitivity or toothaches.

If you are concerned about your dental filling and its health, please call 585-638-5435 today to schedule a visit to our dental office in Holley, New York, so that we can examine your smile.