Dentists typically use dental fillings to treat minor cavities, chips, or small areas of lost tooth enamel. With good oral hygiene practices, you can expect a dental filling to last for many years to come.
But as time passes, inconsistencies in your daily routine, or missing your dental checkups could make it possible for the strong bond between a dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel to weaken. This can cause increasing tooth sensitivity or a change in the surface texture and color of the tooth enamel. Sometimes, the bacteria in your mouth can work their way into the seam between an old dental filling and the tooth enamel. This can cause sensitivity, general discomfort, or increasing toothache pain. Without treatment, this could result in a severe cavity to within the tooth.
If one of your teeth is in distress. you should have it examined by our dentist, Dr. Mina Levi. The longer your delay, the more likely you are to experience a severe toothache and other undue complications. If the tooth decay has affected the sensitive core structure of the tooth the dentist might recommend endodontic therapy. This will remove the disease or damaged pulp and prepare your tooth for a dental crown restoration.
If you are in the San Francisco, California area and you are suffering from toothache pain you should call 415-513-5066 to schedule an appointment at California Dental Innovations.