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Dental fillings can often be used to repair minor defects and small areas of tooth decay that are limited to the tooth’s enamel layer. Composite resin dental fillings are cured and bonded to the tooth enamel with a special ultraviolet light. Gold and porcelain-ceramic dental fillings are typically cemented into place with a strong dental grade adhesive.

As the years go by the strong relationship between an old dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel can start to weaken. This process can be accelerated by an inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine, or a bad habit of putting off your regular dental exams with Dr. Derek M. Lichter.

As a filling becomes compromised you might notice excessive sensitive, or discomfort when biting down. Sometimes a failing dental filling simply falls out without any previous warning. In a situation like this, you should not delay in seeking treatment from a qualified dentist like Dr. Derek M. Lichter.

If the original dental filling was small, he might be able to repair by applying a new, yet slightly larger dental filling. This involves removing a small amount of enamel to create a clean surface to later cement a new filling in place.

If the original dental filling was large or a new cavity has affected the tooth, Dr. Derek M. Lichter might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. If you live in the Chula Vista, California, area and you have recently lost a filling, you shouldn’t delay in calling 619.591.8945 to have it treated at Derek M. Lichter, DDS, Inc..