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At our office, our dentist, Dr. Mark DeVuyst, often uses a dental filling to repair a single surface cavity or other minor physical defects in a tooth’s outer enamel layer. Dental fillings essentially replace the compromised area with a compatible material, such as metallic amalgam, composite resin, dental grade porcelain, or an alloy of gold.

After a tooth is treated with a filling, it is expected to function normally and without distress for many years to come; however, time and poor oral hygiene can cause chronic plaque acids to gradually demineralize the surrounding tooth enamel. This can ultimately cause the dental filling to become loose or fall out.

In a situation like this, you need to have the affected tooth examined and treated by Dr. Mark DeVuyst as soon as possible. After assessing the severity of the problem, he can help you understand your treatment options.

If the void left behind by the lost dental filling is small, our dentist might be able to repair it by applying a new yet slightly larger dental filling. This treatment process involves removing a small amount of adjacent tooth enamel to create a clean surface that can later cement a new filling into place.

If the void left by the lost dental filling is large, Dr. Mark DeVuyst might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown. This will completely replace all of the remaining tooth enamel with an alternate material such as gold, base metal alloy, or dental grade porcelain.

If you live in the Clinton Township, Michigan, area, and if you have recently lost a filling, you shouldn’t delay in calling 586-416-1625 to have it treated at Dentist 4 Life - Mark DeVuyst DDS, PC.