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The general passage of time combined with poor oral hygiene practices can gradually start to degrade the relationship between a dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. This is even more likely to occur with large fillings.

Early symptoms of a distressed dental filling could include lingering discomfort, a mild toothache, or heightened sensitivity. Some compromised dental fillings will also cause a change in texture or will develop a noticeable gray shade in the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you suspect one of your dental fillings is in trouble, you need to seek timely treatment from a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS. If the dental filling was large or a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised by a new cavity, Dr. Hansen might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. This will fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate material.

Most dental crowns are made from gold, base metal alloys, or a special dental grade porcelain. The specific material Dr. Hansen recommends for your dental will be based on your personal preference and the tooth’s prevalence in your smile.

If you live in the Pasadena, California, area and you are concerned about one of your dental fillings, you should not delay in calling 626-793-2273 to seek treatment at Hansen Dental Care.