A Tooth with a Missing Dental Filling Needs Timely Treatment

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Dr. Chris Pallotto typically uses dental fillings to repair an area of tooth enamel that has been damaged or suffered from a small cavity. This method of treatment is designed to restore the full function of the affected tooth for many years to come.

Unfortunately, the passage of time and inconsistencies in your oral hygiene habits can allow the natural bacteria in your mouth to infiltrate the seam between the dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.

As time goes on, this can gradually weaken the dental filling’s connection to the tooth enamel. Without timely treatment the dental filling could feel loose, cause pain, or potentially fall out.

To treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Chris Pallotto might recommend restoring the tooth with a crown. This mode of treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica cast from either porcelain, gold, or base metal.

Dr. Chris Pallotto will examine the tooth to make sure no new decay has set in. If decay has penetrated the sensitive interior of the tooth, they might need to perform a root canal to restore sufficient structure to anchor a dental crown.

Once the tooth enamel and any remnants of the dental filling have been removed, Dr. Chris Pallotto will create an impression of the area. This will be sent to a dental lab to guide dental technicians while creating your dental crown.

Once the dental lab has finished your dental crown, Dr. Chris Pallotto will call you back in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crown will be removed and your new dental crown is cemented in place.

If you live in the Oak Lawn, Illinois, area and you have a tooth with a distressed or missing filling, you should call 708-422-1900 to seek treatment at Oak Dental Associates.