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If you sometimes struggle to maintain a consistent daily oral hygiene routine, the plaque on your teeth can work with the sugar in your diet to demineralize your tooth enamel. Acidic foods and drinks can accelerate the process. Damage to your enamel can increase your chances of suffering a new cavity and can weaken the once-strong bond between an existing dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. This can lead to discomfort, sensitivity, or the total failure of the compromised dental filling.

If you have recently lost a dental filling, you need to have it treated by a dentist before the compromised structure leads to a severe cavity or significant dental fracture. After assessing the severity of the problem Dr. Madalina Iorgulescu can help you understand your treatment options.

If the void left by the missing dental filling is significant, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to install a new dental filling. In a case like this she might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This mode of treatment will create a nearly perfect replica of the tooth enamel layer in an alternate material. Placing a crown involves removing the remaining tooth enamel to prepare an abutment from the dentin in the tooth. The dental crown will be created in a state-of-the-art dental lab, and the prosthodontist will cement it in place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in the Summit, New Jersey, area and you have a tooth suffering from a missing or distressed dental filling you should call 908-273-0884 to seek professional treatment at Morristown & Summit Prosthodontics.