Your dentist, Dr. Sarah Frye, routinely uses fillings to repair modest areas of tooth decay. While they are meant to last a long time, no filling is impervious to the pervasive bacteria living in your mouth. While some fillings might give you a warning sign that they are about to fail, like graying in the enamel or having a change in texture, some are simply lost with little to no overt notice.
In general, the larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to fail.
If one of your fillings is giving you trouble or is lost, you need to call Frye Dental Care as soon as possible to have it repaired. The compromised tooth enamel could fracture or continue to decay, leading to even more serious complications.
If the filling was small, Dr. Sarah Frye could be able to repair it by removing a small amount of enamel and cementing a new filling into place.
If it was a large filling, or if the decay has compromised too much of the enamel layer of the tooth, then Dr. Sarah Frye might recommend that the tooth be fitted for a dental crown.
If you have recently lost a filling in Lexington, North Carolina, you should call 336.248.5057 to schedule an appointment.