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If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits the resulting conditions in your mouth could impact the previously strong connection between one of your dental fillings and the surrounding tooth enamel. Sometimes you can notice a filling is about to fail by heightened sensitivity, a change in color, or texture.

Yet there are other times when you are eating a meal or chewing gum and the distressed dental filling comes out. If this happens, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Dr. Erfan Imeni’s dental practice. The longer you wait the more likely you are to experience severe complications of tooth decay or a dental fracture.

If the missing dental filling was large, or a new area of decay has formed within the surrounding tooth enamel, there might not be enough healthy enamel for Dr. Erfan Imeni to apply a new dental filling. In a situation like this, he might recommend a dental crown.

This will replace the entire tooth enamel layer in a material such as porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy. The material Dr. Erfan Imeni recommends for the dental crown will vary depending on the tooth’s primary function in your mouth and its visibility in your smile.

Gold and base metal crowns are used primarily on back teeth as they are durable enough to handle the work of grinding tough foods. Porcelain crowns can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding teeth in your smile.

If you live in the Durham, North Carolina area and you have a bad or missing filling, please call 919-220-5505 to seek treatment at Smile Design - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. We look forward to helping you with all of your oral health needs!