Here at Midtown Dental Arts, your dentist, Dr. John Fonder, often uses dental fillings to repair small cavities. While they are effectively hardened or cemented into place with a powerful dental adhesive, no filling is impervious to the passage of time.
If the bacteria are allowed to exploit the area, it could form a significant new area of decay within the tooth. In a situation like this, you might see a gray color develop in the tooth near the filling. If the filling is on the side of a tooth, it might have a noticeable change in texture.
If a filling is going bad or if it falls out, you should call Midtown Dental Arts as soon as possible to have it examined and repaired. Without timely treatment, a new area of decay could slowly penetrate into the deeper layers of the tooth, leading to more significant complications.
A small filling that falls out or goes bad 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, your dentist might need to restore the tooth with a dental crown.
If you have a bad filling or if you have lost a filling in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you should not delay in calling 918-747-8802 to have it examined and treated.