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The structural integrity of your teeth is very important for your basic oral function as well as maintaining good oral health. Minor physical defects and small cavities that compromise a tooth’s enamel layer can often be repaired with a dental filling.

As time goes on, inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene habits can result in a persistent build up of plaque acids. This could gradually start to demineralize the tooth enamel surrounding one of your dental fillings.

You might notice signs of this by a growing sensitivity, mild discomfort in the tooth, or a change in the tooth enamel surrounding the questionable dental filling.

To prevent the problem from worsening, the best course of action is to have the tooth examined by a dentist like Dr. Stephen Coker. The size and location of the distressed dental filling will determine the treatment plan that he recommends.

If the questionable dental filling is relatively small Dr. Stephen Coker might be able to repair the tooth by removing a little of the surrounding tooth enamel before installing a new dental filling. This will ensure a clean and healthy surface to bond a new dental filling in place.

If the distressed dental filling is large, Dr. Stephen Coker will likely recommend a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate dental material.

If you are in the Cary, North Carolina, area and you have a tooth with a missing filling, you should call 919-380-9622 to have it examined and treated at Parkway Dental.