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A filling is commonly used to repair a small area of tooth enamel that has been compromised by a chip or cavity. They are typically bonded or cemented to the surrounding tooth enamel with a strong dental adhesive. While they are intended to last for many years, it is possible for poor oral hygiene habits to weaken the bond holding them to the previously healthy tooth enamel.

When this happens, a small amount of bacteria can infiltrate a small microscopic gap between the filling and the tooth enamel to harbor a new area of decay. Early indicators of a problem like this include sensitivity issues localized in the tooth, a minor dental fracture, or a gray shade developing deep within the tooth enamel.

The amount of strong tooth enamel between the surface of the filling and the dentin and pulp layer is generally very thin. When bacteria manage to penetrate these soft layers of the tooth it can spread quickly. If you notice any discomfort in the tooth, or you suffer from a toothache, you should not delay in seeking care at Best Dentistry’s dental offices in Seattle, Washington.

Our dental staff can identify and diagnose the severity of the problem and present you with applicable treatment options. This might come in the form of a crown or a root canal treatment. In a severe case, where you’ve attempted to live with the pain, the tooth might be in such a dire condition that we recommend extracting it. It is then eventually replaced with a dental implant.

Here at Best Dentistry, we are excited to help you and your dental needs. If you are experiencing a toothache or other form of dental distress, call 206-783-3000 to seek treatment at Best Dentistry’s dental offices in Seattle, Washington.