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When a tooth suffers from a minor chip or small cavity, it can often be repaired with a standard dental filling. If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits the natural bacteria in your mouth could start to weaken the bond between the dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.

As time goes on, you might notice a distressed dental filling by a change in color, texture, or heightened sensitivity. Other times, you might not notice any obvious symptoms of a bad dental filling before it falls out.

You should never take a casual stance about a missing dental filling. The compromised dental structure could put the tooth at extreme risk of a dental fracture. The newly exposed area could also trap food particles and bacterial deposits allowing a new cavity to form deep within the distressed tooth.

If the missing dental filling was small, Dr. Ronald K. Rich might be able to repair the tooth by removing a small amount of additional tooth enamel and applying a fresh dental filling.

If the missing dental filling compromised a large area of the tooth, Dr. Ronald K. Rich might need to restore the tooth with a dental crown. This method of treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with another material such as gold, porcelain, or a base metal alloy.

In an extreme case, where the interior of the tooth was also compromised, Dr. Ronald K. Rich might need to perform a root canal. This will remove any damaged or decayed material. Then he will create sufficient structure to anchor a dental crown.

If you are in the Sugar Land, Texas, area and you have a tooth with a missing filling, you should call 281-980-2537 to seek treatment at Ronald K. Rich, DDS, MAGD.