Even though fillings are meant to repair the full function of the tooth for a long time to come, most still have a finite lifespan. As a general rule of thumb, the larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to fail or fall out of your mouth.
If you find that you are missing a filling, you need to call your dentist, Dr. Jared Ayes, as soon as possible to have it addressed. Without timely repair, the exposed tooth enamel could continue to degrade and encourage additional tooth decay. This almost always results in even more serious complications. It could even require a root canal, or, in an extreme case, tooth extraction!
In some situations, our Transcend Dental team can replace a small filling by removing a small amount of tooth enamel and cementing a new filling in place.
If you are missing a large filling, or if the decay has compromised too much enamel to secure a new filling, your dentist might suggest restoring the entire enamel layer of the tooth with a dental crown.
If you have recently lost a filling in Royersford, Pennsylvania, you need to call Dr. Jared Ayes at 484.369.8625 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.