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A filling is primarily used to fix a tooth that has suffered from a modest-sized cavity or a small dental fracture. It is made from materials like gold, porcelain, amalgam, or composite, which are immune to the effects of tooth decay.

At the same time, the healthy tooth enamel at the seam of the filling can still be at risk. This is even more likely to be an issue if you routinely struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits or you tend to procrastinate your regular dental checkup at Pooley Dentistry.

If the natural bacteria living in your mouth do manage to infiltrate the tooth enamel around the filling, it will gradually weaken the bond. As time goes by, this could even cause a new cavity to form dangerously deep within the tooth.

For a small filling in distress or failure, Dr. Steven Pooley can sometimes repair it by removing a small amount of enamel and applying a slightly larger filling. If the original filling was large or a new cavity has formed, your dentist might recommend a dental crown restoration. If the decay has managed to penetrate the pulp or root of the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal.

If you live in the Loves Park, Illinois, area and you have a filling in distress, you should call 815-968-5434 to seek treatment from Dr. Steven Pooley.