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A dental filling is intended to restore a tooth’s structural integrity and basic function in your mouth. With consistent oral hygiene habits the material should hold tightly to the surrounding tooth enamel for many long years to come.

If you sometimes struggle to maintain a consistent oral hygiene regimen, or you skip one of your regularly scheduled dental checkups, the chronic buildup of plaque acids could start to affect the health of the surrounding tooth enamel. Over time the natural bacteria in your mouth can start to infiltrate the area causing a new area of tooth decay to develop deep within the previously treated tooth.

A tooth with a distressed or failing dental filling might gradually cause worsening sensitivity and increased discomfort when chewing. If you forgo professional treatment a new area of tooth decay could lead to a gradually worsening toothache.

If a new area of tooth decay has affected the sensitive core structure of the tooth a dentist like Dr. Aaron Wilkins might need to perform a root canal. Also known as endodontic therapy, this mode of treatment is designed to excise any decayed structures from within the tooth. Once this is done our dentist will prepare an abutment capable of supporting a dental crown restoration.

If you are in the Greenwood, Indiana, area and you are suffering from toothache pain you should call 317.535.3940 to schedule an appointment at Stones Crossing Dentistry.