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Small areas of dental attrition and defects in a tooth’s enamel layer can lead to unnecessary complications, including tooth decay and dental fractures. In many of these cases our dentist can repair the compromised area by applying a simple dental filling.

Once it has been married to the surrounding tooth enamel, the special dental material will effectively seal the area against bacterial infiltration as well as restore the function and structural integrity of the tooth.

While the dental filling will not be directly vulnerable to tooth decay, inconsistent oral hygiene habits can potentially demineralize the surrounding tooth enamel. As time goes on, it could gradually weaken the dental filling’s hold. Early signs that this has started to happen might involve a change in the surface texture of the tooth as well as increasing tooth sensitivity.

If you are having a problem in a tooth with an existing dental filling, it’s best to have it examined as soon as possible by a dentist like Dr. Paul L. Evans. If the distressed dental filling is small, he might be able to remove a small amount of surrounding tooth enamel before replacing it with a new and slightly larger dental filling.

If you live in the Grass Valley, California, area and you are concerned about one of your dental fillings, you should call 530.273.4442 to have it examined and treated at Paul L. Evans, DDS.