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A filling is commonly used to repair a small dental fracture or an area of tooth enamel that has been compromised by bacterial tooth decay. While they are bonded securely to the surrounding tooth enamel and not directly vulnerable to bacteria, it is possible for a filling to experience trouble.

This is even more likely to happen if you are inattentive with your oral hygiene routine, or if you are averse to attending a dental exam and cleaning every six months at Dr. Warren Cheung’s Elk Grove, California, clinic.

Sometimes the natural bacteria living in your mouth can slowly manage to exploit the bond between the tooth enamel and the filling. When this happens, it could form a significant area of decay within the tooth.

Potential symptoms of a problem like this could include a gray color developing in the tooth near the filling. If the filling is on the side of a tooth, it might have a noticeable change in texture or heightened sensitivity.

If you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you should not delay in having it examined and treated at Dr. Warren Cheung’s clinic. Any procrastination could allow a new area of decay to slowly infiltrate the deeper layers of the tooth, leading to more significant complications.

A small filling that fails can sometimes be repaired by having a small amount of enamel removed and a large filling applied to it. If a large filling is lost or a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised, Dr. Warren Cheung might need to restore the tooth with a crown.

If you live in the Elk Grove, California, area and you’re concerned one of your fillings is going bad, you should call 916-683-1994 to seek professional care at Dr. Warren Cheung’s clinic.