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A dental filling can be used to repair a tooth with a small cavity or minor chip in its enamel. The fillings are typically bonded in place or secured with a strong dental adhesive. As time goes by inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can start to weaken the connection between the healthy tooth enamel and the dental filling material.

As this happens you might experience heightened sensitivity in the repaired tooth. This might also be accompanied by a change in color, texture, or discomfort when biting down. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should have the tooth examined by Dr. Michael Scholes.

Dr. Scholes will conduct a thorough examination of the tooth to assess the severity of the problem. Then he will discuss with the best treatment method with you. This could require removing the old dental filling and replacing it with a slightly larger one.

If a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised by the bad filling, Dr. Scholes might recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

If you live in the Couer d'Alene, Idaho, area and you are experiencing distress or discomfort in one of your dental fillings, you should not delay in calling 208-667-1578 to have it examined and treated at Scholes Family Dental.