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Minor physical defects and small cavities can often be repaired with a simple dental filling made from composite resin or metallic amalgam. These materials are carefully bonded to the surrounding tooth enamel to affect the repair of the previously compromised tooth.

If you fail to consistently brush your teeth every morning and night or you are reticent to floss your teeth at least once per day, the acidic bacterial environment in your mouth could have a negative effect on your oral health. In time, it could start to affect the dental filling’s relationship with the surrounding tooth enamel.  

At first, you might notice growing discomfort or worsening sensitivity in the tooth with a compromised dental filling. Yet sometimes when one simply disassociates from the tooth enamel while eating or chewing gum.

If one of your dental fillings falls out the wisest course of action is to have it examined as soon as possible by an experienced dentist like Dr. Bruce T. Murdock and Dr. Bryce Searle. Foregoing professional dental care could place the tooth at increased risk of suffering a severe dental fracture or other serious complications.

Sometimes our dentists can treat a small missing dental filling by installing a slightly larger replacement dental filling. To do this we will carefully remove a small amount of additional tooth enamel before applying the new dental filling material.

If there isn’t sufficient tooth enamel remaining to secure a new dental filling we might recommend performing a dental crown restoration. This is a replica of the original tooth enamel layer made from either porcelain, gold, or an alloy of base metals.

If you live in American Fork, Utah, region and you have recently lost a dental filling, you should not delay in calling 801-770-1222 to seek treatment at Murdock & Searle Family Dentistry’s dental offices.