Dental fillings can be used to treat minor damage and cavities that affect your tooth enamel. Most fillings are made from a metal amalgam or a composite resin, although some special dental fillings are also created from gold alloys or a special type of porcelain-ceramic.
At first, the dental filling will have a very strong bond. However, over time,the filling may not fit as well as it originally did. Failing to brush or floss properly can contribute to the problem.
This older and larger dental fillings are particularly susceptible to the problem. Sometimes the bacteria in your mouth can work it way under the filling. Of course, this area cannot be accessed by your daily brushing and flossing efforts, and decay can develop. If left untreated, you could suffer a toothache. If the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, the dentist may suggest a root canal to save the structure of your tooth.
If you are in the Houston, Texas, area and you are experiencing toothache pain in a previously repaired tooth, you should call (713) 723-2600 and schedule an appointment to see Dr. Tammeka Nickleberry at TLN Family Dental.