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A dental filling is sometimes the most convenient and effective treatment method for repairing a tooth with a minor physical defect or cavity that is limited to the enamel layer. While they are bonded, cured, or secured by a strong dental adhesive, it is still possible for a dental filling to be lost.

This is often linked to inconsistencies in your oral hygiene practices, grinding your teeth while sleeping, or a recent dental trauma. However, the general passage of time can sometimes weaken the once stalwart bond between a dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you have lost a dental filling should not delay in having the tooth examined and treated by a professionally trained dentist like Dr. Keith Huff. The longer you wait the more likely you are to experience worsening complications.

If the missing dental filling was large, or multiple surfaces of the tooth have been weakened, there might not be enough healthy enamel for Dr. Keith Huff to apply a new dental filling. This is even more likely to be the case if a new area of tooth decay has formed on the tooth.

A tooth in this condition often needs a dental crown restoration. This method of treatment is designed to replace the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternate material such as porcelain, gold, or a base metal alloy.

If you live in the Coos Bay, Oregon area and you have a tooth suffering from a distressed or missing filling, you should call 541-269-5353 to seek treatment at South Coast Family Dentistry.