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Dentists will often use a simple dental filling to treat a minor cavity or a small area of chipped tooth enamel. This usually consists of placing a small amount of composite resin or metallic amalgam in the affected area. However, some large cavities might be treated with an inlay dental filling made from a gold alloy or dental grade porcelain. While a dental filling is intended to restore the structural integrity of your tooth for many years, a filling does not last forever. In general, the larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to fail. This process can be accelerated by any inconsistencies in your oral hygiene routine.

In some of these cases, the natural bacteria in your mouth can gradually start to invade the seam between a filling and the natural tooth enamel. As this starts to happen, a new area of tooth decay can start to develop behind the filling, and could put the pulp of your tooth at risk. When this happens, you could start to experience a toothache and heightened sensitivity in the tooth. Should you notice a problem like this with one of your teeth, you need to have it examined by our dentist, Dr. Deepak Bhagat.

If you live in the Woodside, New York, area and you have a toothache, you should call 718-956-8400 as soon as possible to have it examined the treated at Smile Savers.