What to Do About a Failed Dental Filling

When you think of a dental emergency, you might automatically think of a cracked, broken, or knocked out tooth. If your tooth has a filling and it’s damaged or knocked out, then the injury can also constitute an emergency as your tooth’s interior becomes exposed and vulnerable to infection. Aside from restoring and protecting teeth, Dr. Wright can also repair and improve your current dental filling if it fails, or if it’s likely to fail in the near future.

What is a Dental Filling?

Cavities, the result of bacterial infection, are holes in your teeth that gradually grow larger the longer they’re left untreated. A dental filling is a procedure during which Dr. Wright removes an infected portion dentin (the main structure of your tooth) and then fills the cavity with a manmade material. In the past, dental fillings were typically made from an amalgam of metals, including silver, tin, copper, zinc, and liquid mercury. Though strong, amalgam fillings have significant shortcomings, including their penchant for changing in size and shape when exposed to extreme temperatures. If the filling contracts in the cold, then spaces can form between the filling and tooth that allow bacteria to reinfect it. If it expands in the heat, the metal filling can crack or break your inflexible tooth structure.

More Effective, Better-Looking Dental Fillings

The purpose of a dental filling is two-fold; to fortify your tooth after a cavity has been cleaned, and to protect the tooth from future infection from invading bacteria. If you have a cavity or a metal amalgam filling, then Dr. Wright can restore the tooth and the old restoration using innovative, tooth-colored composite resin. Unlike metal, resin bonds to your tooth’s structure to create a highly-effective seal against infectious bacteria. It can also be tinted to blend in with your tooth instead of shining conspicuously against it. If your current dental filling is knocked out, or you experience pain and sensitivity around the filling, then visit Dr. Wright as soon as possible for a thorough examination and treatment.

About Your Southlake Dentists:

As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.