Over the years poor oral hygiene habits and the passing of time can combine to weaken the once strong relationship between one of your dental fillings and the adjacent tooth enamel. As the problem progresses the natural bacteria living in your mouth could gradually gain access the seam of the dental filling.
In time it could start to form a new area of tooth decay deep within the previously treated tooth. Early signs that this has started to happen could include heightened sensitivity, as well as a change in the color or texture of the surrounding tooth enamel. Without timely treatment a tooth in this condition could start to develop a gradually worsening toothache.
If you have noticed a change in a previously treated tooth, you need to seek timely professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. James Schall and dental associates. A thorough examination and diagnostics will reveal the severity of the problem, allowing us to present you with an effective treatment plan.
To treat a tooth where the tooth decay has infiltrated the pulp or root of the tooth our dentist might need to perform a root canal. Also known as endodontic therapy this process will essentially remove all the affected materials and rebuild the internal structure of the tooth. The prepared abutment will then serve as a strong anchor point for supporting an eventual dental crown.
If you are in the Havre de Grace, Maryland and Bel Air area and you have noticed a change in a previously treated tooth, you should call 410-939-4030 to have it examined and treated at Bel Air Smile Partners.