A filling is intended to repair a small to medium sized cavity for many years. However, no filling will last forever. While some fillings might give you a warning sign that they are about to fail, like a graying in the enamel or a change in texture, some are simply lost in the seeming blink of an eye.
In general, the larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to have the cement holding it in place compromised by the bacteria in your mouth.
If one of your fillings is giving you trouble or falls out, you need to call Dr. Damon Wright as soon as possible to have it repaired. The compromised tooth enamel could fracture or continue to decay, leading to even more serious complications.
If the filling was small Dr. Damon Wright could be able to repair it by removing a small amount of enamel and cementing a new filling in place.
If it was a large filling or the decay has simply compromised too much of the enamel layer of the tooth, then Dr. Damon Wright might recommend that the tooth be fitted for a crown.
If you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, or you have recently lost a filling, you should not delay in calling Dr. Damon Wright’s office in Jonesboro, Arkansas at 870.932.2300 to have it treated and repaired.