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Dental fillings are often used to repair small cavities and minor physical defects that are limited to a tooth’s enamel layer. This helps to prevent further tooth decay problems, while also restoring the healthy structural integrity of the affected tooth.

Unfortunately, dental fillings can also have a somewhat limited lifespan. As time goes on it’s possible for the bond between the dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel to weaken. This is more likely to be an issue with old and large dental fillings.

As the bond between the dental filling and the tooth enamel starts to degrade, it can also compromise the structural integrity of the tooth. This could potentially increase your chances of suffering a more significant dental fracture to the already compromised tooth.

If you have noticed any abnormal signs in one of your old dental fillings, you need to have the tooth examined by a dentist like Dr. Harrison Keith III. In many of these cases he can repair the tooth with a new dental filling or by restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.

In an extreme case where a dental fracture has occurred, or tooth decay has penetrated the pulp of the tooth, Dr. Harrison Keith III might need to perform a root canal. Once the decayed materials have been removed he can rebuild the internal structure needed to secure a dental crown.

If you live in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area and you have an old filling in distress, you should not delay in calling 910-763-8129 to have it examined and treated at Dr. Harrison Keith III.