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A dentist will sometimes use a dental filling to repair a minor defect in a tooth’s enamel layer. This is usually an effective treatment for a small dental fracture or minor case of tooth decay.

As time passes, any inconsistencies in your oral hygiene routine can potentially affect the health and integrity of the surrounding tooth enamel. This could weaken the bond between the tooth and the filling. This condition could cause the filling to loosen or fall out. If this happens you should have Dr. Kimberly Fee examine and treat the tooth as soon as possible.

If the affected area is large the dentist might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown restoration. This treatment replaces the tooth’s original enamel layer with a crown created from porcelain, gold, or a metal alloy. A detailed impression is made of the area. That impression will be used by a dental lab to guide to create your crown. It will then be cemented in place with a dental adhesive capable of bonding it to the dentin of your tooth for many years.

If you live in the Prescott, Arizona, area and you have a tooth suffering from a missing dental filling, you should call 928-778-7410 to seek treatment at Kimberly W. Fee DMD.