Cavities are the result of poor oral hygiene practices allowing the bacteria in your mouth to exploit tooth enamel. In many cases, your dentist, Dr. Christopher Bernardini, can repair a small cavity by applying a dental filling. While they are meant to repair the tooth for many years, no filling is impervious to the passage of time. If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits or if the filling is rather large, it can increase the chances of a filling falling out.
Should this happen, you need to call Dr. Christopher Bernardini as soon as possible to have it examined and repaired. The compromised tooth enamel could fracture or continue to decay, leading to even more serious complications. If a new area of decay develops in the void left by the missing filling, it could compromise the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. This might require Dr. Christopher Bernardini to perform a root canal with a dental crown restoration.
If the filling was small to modest in size, Dr. Christopher Bernardini might be able to repair the void in the tooth by removing a small amount of tooth enamel and applying a new filling.
If the missing filling was large or an additional area of tooth decay has formed in the tooth enamel, then Dr. Christopher Bernardini might recommend a crown restoration. This is essentially a complete replica of the tooth enamel layer made from either porcelain, gold or a base metal alloy.
If you have had a filling fall out of your mouth, you should not delay in calling 718-987-4040 to have it examined and repaired at Christopher Bernardini. Your dentist in Staten Island, New York, is happy to help you!