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A minor chip, cavity, or small physical defect in a tooth can often be prepared with a simple dental filling made from amalgam or composite resin. Once it has been cured by a special ultraviolet light the filling material will repair the tooth for a long time to come.

However, an inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine can gradually start to compromise the integrity of a dental filling. The degradation between the dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel could be further accelerated if you have a bad habit of skipping your dental checkups at Dr. Jeff Olson’s dental office.

As the bond between with the dental filling starts to fail, the natural bacteria in your mouth can gain increasing access to the surrounding tooth enamel. As this happens you might experience heightened sensitivity, discomfort when biting down. You might also notice a gray color appearing in the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you procrastinate having a distressed dental filling treated by Dr. Jeff Olson, a new and large area of tooth decay could start to develop in the tooth. This often causes gradually increasing toothache pain and general discomfort.

When a tooth gets to this stage it’s very important to have Dr. Jeff Olson treat the tooth to prevent tooth loss or a dangerous dental abscess.

In many cases like this he will need to perform a root canal to remove all the infected materials while rebuilding the internal structure of the tooth. This will provide an anchor point for an eventual dental crown.

If a large dental abscess has formed in your gums Dr. Jeff Olson might recommend a total extraction. Once your gums have healed and any infection concerns have passed he can then help you decide if you would like to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you live in the Burnsville, Minnesota, area and you have a toothache from a failing dental filling, you should call 952-435-0355 to have it professionally treated at Oak Ridge Dental.