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Dental fillings typically bond with the surrounding tooth enamel and are designed to last for many years. But the results of poor oral hygiene can gradually start to affect the surrounding tooth enamel.

As this starts to occur you might notice increasing sensitivity and discomfort in the tooth. This could be a sign that the dental filling is in distress, and the best thing to do is to have it examined by our dentist, Dr. Deborah Backiel.

In a case in which the dental filling is very large or a new cavity has developed in the tooth, the dentist might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment is designed to fully replace the tooth’s enamel layer with a material which will rival the natural tooth enamel. Once the old dental filling and the remaining tooth enamel have been removed, the dentist will prepare a detailed impression of the tooth This will serve as a guide for the dental technicians who will create your new crown. If the treated tooth will appear in your smile, the dentist might recommend using a crown made of porcelain. This material can be shaded to mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel.

If you are in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area and you have a tooth with a failing dental filling, you should call 267-514-8100 to seek timely treatment at Dr. Backiel and Associates.