Three Solutions When a Filling Goes Wrong
As we mentioned in a previous post, old amalgam fillings, especially large fillings, are not going to last forever. In many cases, your tooth will get weak over time leading to more serious problems. When that happens, we need to restore your tooth with a more secure appliance so that you can keep your natural tooth root healthy. Depending on the size of your damaged filling, the amount of damage done to your tooth from bacteria, and the placement in your smile, we will select one of the following solutions to repair the damage and give you a newly restored tooth.
A New Filling – For small fillings, we can generally restore your tooth with a new dental filling. We can replace failed amalgam fillings with composite material to give you a more natural look and feel. This is ideal for small fillings because it is cost effective and the least disruption to your smile.
Inlays/Onlays – For larger fillings, we might recommend dental inlay or onlay. This restoration is much like a crown, but doesn’t cover the entire tooth, which preserves more of your natural tooth structure. We take an impression of your cavity and send it to a lab where they create the restoration (an inlay fits inside the cusps, or points, of your teeth while an onlay covers one or two of the cusps) for your tooth. We then bond it in place to restore the strength and function of your natural smile!
Crowns – In extreme filling failures, the entire tooth will be too weak to take another restoration. Sometimes the tooth might even be cracking or breaking. In those cases, we use a crown to restore the entire tooth. The dental crown will fit over the entire tooth structure to hold it together and restore function to the tooth. Like an inlay or onlay, a crown requires impressions and a dental lab in order to complete the procedure.
No matter what needs to be done to restore your tooth, you can count on us to finish the job well! We will take a look at what is going on with your smile and help you make the best decision for your oral health. Contact us today to set up your next appointment or exam. We would love to help you get the smile of your dreams very soon!