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Your dentist, Dr. Vitaly Friedman, routinely uses fillings to repair modest-sized cavities. While they are meant to last a long time, no filling is impervious to the passage of time and the pervasive bacteria living in your mouth.

The larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to have trouble. This is often a result of the pervasive bacteria in your mouth infiltrating the microscopic seam bonding your cavity to the surrounding healthy tooth enamel.

If one of your fillings is giving you trouble, you should not delay in seeking timely treatment at 21st Century Dental Care.

One common symptom of a trouble filling is a sharp pain when biting down or chewing with that particular tooth. This could also be associated with a change in texture, especially if the filling is on the lingual side of the tooth near your tongue.

A gray discoloration forming in the nearby tooth enamel is a telltale sign that the bacteria have invaded the seam between the filling and the healthy tooth enamel. Much of the cement has likely been compromised and there is serious potential for new decay to set in.

If a bad filling is small enough and detected early, Dr. Vitaly Friedman might be able to repair the area by removing a small amount of additional enamel. Then, a new, slightly larger filling can be applied in its place.

If a new area of decay has formed or if the missing filling was large, your dentist might recommend having the entire tooth enamel layer replaced by a dental crown. The material used for the crown will vary depending on the tooth’s primary function and its visibility in your smile.

If you have a troublesome or painful dental filling in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, you should not delay in calling (908) 604-5959 to have it examined and treated at 21st Century Dental Care.