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A dental filling is sometimes used to treat a small cavity or some other physical defect in a tooth’s enamel layer. Once hardened the material will restore the structural integrity and comfortable function of the previously compromised tooth.

As the years go by the buildup of plaque acids caused by poor oral hygiene habits could start to weaken the bond between the dental filling and the adjacent tooth enamel. In time oral bacteria could infiltrate the area causing a small area of tooth decay to develop deep within the tooth.

Early symptoms that this has started to happen could include a worsening toothache as well as heightened sensitivity, which could gradually develop into a toothache. If you noticed symptoms like this with a previously treated tooth, you need to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Jason Barth as soon as possible.

After assessing the severity of the problem he can help you understand your treatment options. If the tooth decay has penetrated the sensitive core of the tooth he might need to perform a root canal to remove any areas of tooth decay and rebuild the internal structure of the tooth. Once this is done he will install a dental crown to replace the original tooth enamel layer.

If you live in the Salina, Kansas, area and you are experiencing symptoms of toothache discomfort, you should call 785-823-2472 as soon as possible to have it examined the treated at Salina Dental Arts.