A dental filling is commonly used to address a small cavity or a minor physical defect that compromises a tooth enamel surface. Gold and porcelain dental fillings are cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive. Dental fillings made from metallic amalgam and composite resin are hardened to bond them to the surrounding tooth enamel.
This creates a strong relationship between the specific dental filling material and the neighboring tooth enamel. While it should last for many years, it is possible for a dental filling to loosen, as a result of poor oral hygiene and the presence of chronic plaque acids.
As this starts to happen the tooth might notice the tooth becoming increasingly sensitive. This might also be accompanied by a change in texture and color. If the failing dental filling is large or covers multiple surfaces of the tooth, there simply might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining for Dr. Greg L. Wolfe to apply a new dental filling.
Should this prove to be the case Dr. Greg L. Wolfe might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This two-stage dental restoration is designed to completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer with another material such as gold, base metal alloys, or dental grade porcelain.
Once it has been prepared in a professional dental lab, Dr. Greg L. Wolfe will cement your dental crown into your mouth with a special dental adhesive. This will fully restore the tooth’s presence and function in your mouth for many years to come.
If you live in the Ventura, California, area and you suspect one of your dental fillings is in distress, you should call 805-654-1174 to have it treated at Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry.