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Dental fillings are often used to repair a chipped tooth or a tooth that has been compromised by a small cavity. Large fillings, and those on the biting surface of a tooth might have a short lifespan. Poor oral hygiene habits can sometimes weaken the bond holding the filling to the tooth.

As this happens you might notice a change in color, texture, or sensitivity in the tooth. In a situation like this, you should seek treatment at Dr. Dennis DeLoach’s dental office. After a thorough examination of the tooth he will present you with the necessary treatment method.

If you procrastinate having a filling repaired, bacteria could cause decay which might make the filling fall out. When this happens, there is rarely enough healthy tooth remaining for the doctor to repair the tooth with a new dental filling.

In a situation like this, he might recommend a crown restoration. This involves removing all the tooth’s enamel layer to prepare an the tooth for a crown.

Dr. DeLoach will prepare a detailed impression of the area including the tooth and its neighbors, along with the related teeth in your bite pattern. It will be sent to a lab where dental technicians while they create your crown.

You will need to come back in for a brief, second appointment when your new crown is ready. Dr. DeLoach  will carefully cement it in place with a strong dental adhesive.

If you have a tooth with a bad filling and you live in the Orem, Utah, area, you should call 801-375-9511 to have it treated at Merit Dental.