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Dental fillings in Oakdale, Minnesota, are generally used to repair small chips and tooth decay. They are made from artificial materials like composite resin, amalgam, porcelain or gold. This means the filling is not directly threatened by tooth decay. However, it is still possible for the passage of time and the pervasive bacteria in your mouth to attack the seam where a filling meets the surrounding healthy tooth enamel.

If the bacteria are allowed to continue to exploit the area, they could form a significant new cavity within the tooth. In a situation like this, you might see a gray color develop in the tooth near the filling. If the filling is on the side of a tooth, it might have a noticeable change in texture.

If a filling is going bad, or if it falls out, you should call All Family Dental as soon as possible to have it examined and repaired. Without timely treatment, a new area of decay could slowly penetrate into the deeper layers of the tooth, leading to more significant complications.

A small filling that falls out or goes bad can sometimes be repaired by having a small amount of enamel removed and a large filling applied to it. If a large filling is lost or a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised, your dentist, Dr. Richard Timm, might need to restore the tooth with a dental crown.

If you are having issues with your dental filling, you should not delay in contacting All Family Dental at 651.222.9715 to seek timely treatment and repair.