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Gold and porcelain dental fillings are typically cemented to the surrounding tooth enamel with a strong dental grade adhesive. Amalgam and composite dental fillings start out as a pliable material that bonds to the adjacent tooth enamel when cured with a special ultraviolet light.

If you struggle to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine, the buildup of plaque acids and bacteria in your mouth can gradually start to weaken the connection between a dental filling and the tooth enamel. This is even more likely to occur with large and old fillings.

As this starts to happen you might notice a sharp pain when chewing on that tooth, heightened sensitivity, or a change in texture. A slight gray shade that develops in the surrounding tooth enamel is also a cause for concern. It could indicate that a new area of tooth decay has developed near the dental filling.

Sometimes Dr. Joshua Scott Murdock can replace a failing filling by removing it along with a small amount of surrounding tooth enamel. Then he can apply a new, slightly larger dental filling to repair the tooth.

If a new area of tooth decay has developed, Dr. Joshua Scott Murdock might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown. If you’ve been experiencing toothache pain, it could mean the tooth decay affects the pulp or root of the tooth. This will require Dr. Joshua Scott Murdock to perform a root canal before preparing the tooth to receive a dental crown.

If you live in the Grants Pass, Oregon, area and you suspect one of your dental fillings is failing, you should call 541-479-5505 to have it examined and treated at Rogue Valley Family Dentistry.