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Metallic amalgam, composite resin, porcelain-ceramic, and gold alloys are often used as dental fillings. These substances can be installed in small voids left by tooth decay, and minor dental fractures to effectively restore the structural integrity of the tooth.

As the years go by, it is possible for the once firm connection between a dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel to weaken. This is more likely to occur if you sometimes forget to brush twice each day and thoroughly flossing each evening.

Early signs of a problem like this could include increasing sensitivity, a change in color or texture. If you’ve noticed symptoms like this with one of your teeth, you should have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Joel R. Bingham as soon as possible.

If the questionable dental filling was large, there might not be sufficient healthy tooth enamel remaining for him to apply a replacement dental filling. In a case like this, he might recommend replacing the tooth’s enamel layer with a dental crown.

This treatment process will effectively replace the entire tooth enamel layer with a material such as gold, porcelain-ceramic, or an alloy of base metals.

If you live in Nampa, Idaho, and you have noticed a problem with one of your teeth, you should call 208-466-6161 to have it examined and treated at Premier Dental Care.