A dental filling is often used to repair a minor dental fracture or a cavity that damages a small area of tooth enamel. They are made from materials that will completely resist the bacterial influence of tooth decay.
As the years go by it is possible for poor oral hygiene practices to bolster the bacterial population of your mouth. This can cause a buildup of plaque acids while also weakening the bond between the established dental filling and the adjacent tooth enamel.
When this occurs the bacteria in your mouth can gradually work their way into the seam of the dental filling causing a new cavity to develop deep within the tooth. The new area of tooth decay can cause heightened sensitivity in the tooth, a slight change in color, texture, or increasing toothache pain.
If the tooth decay affects the pulp or root of the tooth, we might recommend treating the tooth with a root canal. This involves Dr. Anoosheh Shahkarami removing the tooth enamel and all other compromised material from within the tooth.
Once this is done he will rebuild sufficient structure to secure a dental crown. After it has been cemented in place you can rely on your newly restored tooth for many years to come.
If you are in the Tarzana, California, area and you have a toothache in a previously repaired tooth, you should call 818-345-5286 to seek endodontic care at SoCalSmiles Dental Office.