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Dental caries, small areas of lost enamel, and minor dental fractures can sometimes be repaired with a standard dental filling.

As the years go, by the area between a filling and the adjacent tooth enamel can start to weaken. This is even more likely to be a problem if you struggle to maintain a consistent daily oral hygiene regimen.

Common symptoms of a dental filling in distress could include persistent discomfort in the tooth, a mild toothache, or heightened tooth sensitivity. Sometimes, a bad dental filling will also cause a change in texture or will develop a noticeable gray shade in the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you suspect one of your dental fillings is in trouble, you need to seek dental treatment from Dr. Mark B. Martin.

If a significant amount of the tooth enamel has been compromised Dr. Martin might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. This will fully replace the enamel layer with an alternate material.

Most dental crowns are made from gold, base metal alloys, or a special dental grade porcelain. The specific material Dr. Martin recommends will be based on the tooth’s location in your mouth, as well as your personal preference.

If you live in the Escondido, California, area and you suspect one of your fillings is in trouble, you should not delay in calling 760-745-5416 to seek treatment at Mark B. Martin, DDS, MAGD.