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A dental filling is commonly used to repair a tooth that suffers from a small cavity or a minor dental fracture. They are securely bonded to the surrounding tooth enamel to restore your normal oral function. Yet it is possible for poor oral hygiene to gradually threaten a dental filling’s lifespan.

Sometimes a dental filling will not show any overt signs of distress. However, if you notice a change in texture, increased sensitivity, or a toothache in a tooth with a dental filling, you should not delay in seeking treatment with a dentist.

Dr. Kaitilin Riley can quickly assess the severity of the problem at her clinic in Paso Robles, California. Then she can present you with the most applicable treatment method.

Sometimes Dr. Kaitilin Riley can repair a distressed dental filling by removing it along with small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel. Dr. Kaitilin Riley can apply a slightly larger dental filling to the area. Once it has been bonded in place the new dental filling will restore the full function of the tooth.

In a case where the bad dental filling compromises a large area, Dr. Kaitilin Riley might recommend a dental crown. This treatment will replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a replica made from either porcelain, gold, or a metallic alloy.

If you live in the Paso Robles, California, area and you suspect one of your fillings is in distress you should call 805-238-3880 to have it examined and treated at Kaitilin Riley DDS.