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When a filling is used to repair a tooth suffering from a small dental fracture or cavity, it is meant to repair the tooth for a long time to come. Poor oral hygiene habits and other oral health conditions can bolster the natural bacteria living in your mouth to attack the bond between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.

In a situation like this, you might notice a change in color or a sharp pain when biting down or chewing. If you feel the filling with your tongue, you might notice it develop an edge or a change in texture.

If the bacteria living in your mouth have worked their way between the filling and the healthy enamel of the tooth it might develop a new area of tooth decay to form deep within the distressed tooth.

To prevent a problem of this magnitude, you should seek professional dental care with Dr. Yakov Royzman & Karina Zaygermakher at their New York, New York clinic. Sometimes it might be possible to simply remove the filling and a little bit of the surrounding tooth enamel to mount a larger filling.

If a large amount of tooth enamel was lost, Dr. Yakov Royzman & Karina Zaygermakher might recommend a crown restoration. This will perfectly replicate the tooth’s outer layer in another material.

In an extreme case, where the bacterial presence has compromised the pulp of the tooth, Dr. Yakov Royzman & Karina Zaygermakher might need to perform a root canal. Once the decayed materials have been removed, they can restore the tooth with a standard crown.

If you live in the New York, New York area and you suspect one of your fillings is going bad, you should not delay in calling (212) 579-0552 to have it examined and treated by Dr. Yakov Royzman & Karina Zaygermakher.