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A dental filling is often used to treat a minor cavity in a tooth. These fillings are commonly used for small cavities, chipped teeth or a newly developed area of lost enamel. Some are made from metal amalgam, gold. Some may be made from a composite resin. If you don’t consistently brush your teeth every morning and evening or you sometimes forget to floss your teeth at least once per day, the acid in your mouth could have a negative impact on your oral health. This could start to affect the dental filling’s relationship to the surrounding tooth enamel.  

As the enamel starts to weaken, you might notice growing discomfort and increasing sensitivity. On occasion, a filling comes loose and falls out while you are eating or chewing gum.

In a situation like this, the wisest course of action is to have your tooth examined as soon as possible by our dentist, Dr. Greg Cook. If you don’t see a dentist, you could end up with a severe dental fracture or serious tooth decay complications.  In some of these cases, our dentist can treat a missing dental filling by placing a slightly larger replacement dental filling. This involves carefully removing a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel before applying the replacement material. If there isn’t sufficient tooth enamel remaining to viably bond a replacement dental filling we might recommend a dental crown restoration. This treatment plan is designed to essentially replicate the original tooth enamel layer with an alternate material.

If you live in Alcoa, Tennessee, region and you have recently lost a dental filling, you should not delay in calling 865-379-7555 to seek treatment at Appalachian Dental.