Every filling Dr. Eric Goldberg applies, is designed to repair a cavity or general area of tooth decay for a long time to come. That being said, no filling is going to be impervious to the passage of time. As the years go by, general wear and tear and the pervasive bacteria in your mouth can start to compromise the fillings relationship to the surrounding tooth enamel.
In many cases, a filling is lost as a result of bacteria invading the seam between the filling and the cement anchoring it to the tooth enamel. Sometimes you can notice this is happening, as the enamel will start to develop a gray color, change in texture or increased sensitivity.
Sometimes there are no overt signs that a filling is going bad. You might wake up one morning or finish a meal and suddenly find there is a gap where an old filling used to be. If this is the case, you should not delay in having Dr. Eric Goldberg examine it and discuss your treatment options. Left unchecked the exposed area will invite new tooth decay to set in.
If the missing filling was small, he might be able to simply remove some more tooth enamel and cement a slightly larger filling in place. If the filling was large, or new decay has set in, then he might need to remove all of the tooth enamel to install a crown.
If you are missing a filling, you should contact Dr. Eric Goldberg’s Exton, Pennsylvania office at 610-363-6181 to explore your treatment options.