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Dental fillings are typically used to repair a tooth suffering from a cavity or a chip in the tooth enamel. While they are intended to last for a long time, it is possible for poor oral hygiene to weaken a dental filling’s bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

A tooth with a distressed dental filling on the biting surface might hurt when chewing or biting down. You might also notice heightened sensitivity, or a change in color, or texture.

If a filling happens to fall out, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Dr. Chris A. Gipe’s dental office in Los Alamitos, California. The longer you procrastinate professional dental care the more likely the tooth is to suffer excessive tooth decay or dental fracture.

A small dental filling that falls out might be replaced by removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel before Dr. Chris A. Gipe applies a new dental filling. This will restore the function of the tooth again for many years to come.

If the missing dental filling was large or a new area of tooth decay has developed Dr. Chris A. Gipe might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica cast in gold, porcelain, or a special metallic alloy.

If you live in Los Alamitos, California and you’ve had a filling fail, you should call 562-431-1349 to have it examined and repaired at Preferred Dental Care.