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Dental fillings can vary in size and composition depending on the tooth’s location in your mouth and the affected surface. They are typically cured and bonded to the surrounding tooth enamel or cemented into place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene practices the chronic acidic environment in your mouth could start to demineralize the tooth enamel. As time goes on this could start to degrade the relationship between the dental filling material and the surrounding tooth enamel.

Sometimes this can cause a light gray shade developing in the tooth enamel, a change in texture, or increased sensitivity in the tooth. Yet there are some times when a distressed dental filling doesn’t give any overt signs of a problem before it falls out.

The size and location of the void left by a missing dental filling will influence the treatment method Dr. Alexander Santos presents to you.  

If the remaining void is small and there are no new signs of tooth decay, he might be able to apply a new dental filling to repair the area. This will require removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel to ensure a clean surface to bond the new dental filling.

If the original dental filling was large or a new area of tooth decay has developed, he might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. This will completely replace the tooth enamel with an alternate material like gold, base metals, or porcelain-ceramic.  

If you live in the Chino Hills, California, area and have a distressed or missing dental filling, you should call 909-342-7945 to seek treatment at Chino Hills Family Dentistry.