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When a filling is cemented or cured to bond with the surrounding enamel, the connection is meant to last for a long time. However, it is possible for inconsistencies in your oral hygiene regimen to gradually allow the natural bacteria in your mouth to weaken the bond that holds the filling material to the tooth.

Sometimes this can cause increased sensitivity or pain when chewing as well as a gray color in the nearby tooth enamel. Other times a distressed filling might not have any outward signs of a problem. It might simply fall out when you’re eating or chewing gum.

Sometimes a small, missing filling can be repaired at Dr. Brett M. Barney’s Tucson, Arizona clinic with a replacement filling. This is a simple procedure where Dr. Brett M. Barney uses a drill to remove a small amount of tooth enamel and apply a new filling.

If the missing filling was large or a new area of tooth decay has formed in the distressed tooth enamel, Dr. Brett M. Barney might recommend a total crown restoration. This is essentially a complete replica of the tooth enamel layer made from either porcelain, gold, or base metals.

If you live in Tucson, Arizona and you’ve had a filling fall out, you should not delay in calling (520) 663.0419 to seek treatment with Dr. Brett M. Barney.