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Dental fillings are typically bonded or cemented to the surrounding tooth enamel with a connection intended to last for many years. However, poor oral hygiene practices can gradually cause a buildup of plaque acids capable of demineralizing previously strong tooth enamel.

If this persists on a chronic basis the relationship between a dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel can start to degrade.

Large dental fillings like inlays and onlays that repair the biting surface of a tooth are sometimes at increased risk of a problem, simply due to the rigors they perform while chewing and grinding food.

If you suspect one of your dental fillings is in distress, you should schedule an examination at Mountain Crest Dental Care’s dental offices. Having the tooth diagnosed and repaired early can reduce the chances of significant tooth decay developing near or around the dental filling.

In the case of a large dental filling, Dr. Jeffrey Morrison might need to perform a dental crown restoration. If a new cavity has affected the sensitive core structures of the tooth, the treatment plan might call for performing a root canal to restore sufficient healthy structure to anchor an eventual dental crown.

If you are in the Orem, Utah, area and you have a distressed or sensitive dental filling you should call 801-734-9710 to have the tooth examined and treated by the dental care specialists at Mountain Crest Dental Care’s dental offices.