A dental filling in Corpus Christi, Texas, is essentially an artificial material that is applied or cemented into a previously compromised area of tooth enamel. While they are generally used to repair tooth decay issues, they can also be used to repair chips and other minor tooth imperfections. Even though they are meant to last a long time, no filling is invulnerable to time.
Larger and older a fillings tend to be more likely to fail. If one of your fillings is giving you trouble or falls out, you need to call Dr. Ben Vela & Allan Ng as soon as possible to have it examined and repaired. The compromised tooth enamel could fracture or continue to decay, leading to even more serious complications. If a new area of decay develops, it could compromise the sensitive internal structures of the tooth.
If the filling was small, your dentist might be able to repair it by removing a small amount of enamel and cementing a new filling in place.
If it was a large filling, or if the decay has compromised too much of the enamel layer of the tooth, your dentist might recommend that the tooth be fitted for a dental crown.
If you have lost a filling, or if you suspect that one is about to fail, you need to call us at 361.994.4900 to seek timely treatment.