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Filling materials such as gold, porcelain, amalgam, or composite resin are immune to the effects of tooth decay. Once they are bonded to a prepared area of tooth enamel, they can repair a cavity or chipped tooth for many years to come. Yet as time goes by, it is possible for the natural bacteria in your mouth to weaken the bond between the remaining healthy tooth enamel and the surface of the filling.

This is even more likely to be an issue if you routinely struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits or you tend to procrastinate your regular dental checkup at Dr. Susan J. Cleereman’s Wyandotte, Michigan clinic.

If the bacteria manage to infiltrate the tooth enamel around the filling, it will gradually weaken the bond. In time, this could even cause a new area of tooth decay to form dangerously deep within the tooth.

A small filling that’s distressed or falls out might be repaired by having a small amount of enamel removed and applying a slightly larger filling. If the original filling was large or a new area of tooth decay has formed, Dr. Susan J. Cleereman might recommend a crown restoration. If the decay has managed to penetrate the pulp or root of the tooth, she might need to perform a root canal.

If you live in the Wyandotte, Michigan area and you have a missing or distressed filling, you should call 734-282-2019 to have it examined and repaired by Dr. Susan J. Cleereman.