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As the years go by it is possible for the once strong bond between a dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel can start to degrade. This is often attributed to poor oral hygiene habits that gradually weaken the mineral density of tooth enamel.

As a dental filling starts to fail, you might notice some early warning signs which should not be ignored. A failing dental filling on the biting surface of a tooth might cause distress, pain and discomfort when chewing. You might also notice heightened sensitivity, as well as a change in color or texture.

If you have noticed an abnormality in a tooth with a dental filling, it’s best to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Leonard Brenner. Once he has determined the nature and severity of the problem, he can help you understand the possible treatment options.

Sometimes a failing dental filling can be replaced with a new one. However, if the failing dental filling is large, the tooth’s enamel layer might need to be replaced by a dental crown. If a new area of tooth decay has developed in the sensitive core structures of the tooth, Dr. Leonard Brenner might first need to perform a root canal in advance of a dental crown restoration.

If you live in Brooklyn or Hewlett, New York, and you are experiencing symptoms of a distressed dental filling, you should call 718-638-6607 to have it examined and treated at Brenner Dental of Park Slope.