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Dental fillings are made from safe dental materials to repair chips and small cavities. They are intended to restore a tooth’s basic function in your mouth for many years. Yet poor oral hygiene habits and failing to attend your routine dental checkup with your dentist can start to affect the relationship between the dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel.

This could allow bacteria to access the seam of the dental filling allowing them to penetrate the deep recesses of the tooth. As this happens, you might experience heightened sensitivity, discomfort when biting down, or a gray color developing in the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you procrastinate having a distressed dental filling treated, a new cavity could form deep in the tooth. This could cause a toothache to gradually develop with increasing discomfort.

This often calls for your dentist to perform a root canal. This endodontic therapy is designed to remove all the infected materials and rebuild the structure of the tooth. This will provide an anchor point for an eventual crown.

If a large abscess has formed in the gums it might not be viable for treatment with a root canal. To treat a tooth in this condition, your dentist might recommend a total extraction. Once your gums have healed and any infection concerns have passed, they can then help you decide if you would like to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you live in the Bastrop, Texas, area and you are suffering from a toothache, you should call 512-308-0270 to have it professionally treated at Signature Smiles. Our dental team is ready to serve you and help give your best smile.