When you were ten, or maybe twelve, you went to the dentist and he found a couple of cavities. A week later, you went back and had them filled. The metallic amalgam fillings have had a permanent place in your mouth all the way through high school, college, and your twenties.
But two months after your 35th birthday, you bit into a carrot and crunched something decidedly non-vegetable. Inspecting your teeth with your tongue you discovered a hole right where you used to have a filling. What should you do now?
Cosmetic Dental Services in Dunwoody
First things first: call to schedule a dental appointment. At Dunwoody Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we will work your urgent situation in as quickly as possible. If your filling lasted for twenty-three years, that’s not bad at all! Amalgam fillings can start wearing down after ten years. To restore your tooth, we’ll need to take a small x-ray to determine if there is additional decay, and then re-fill the cavity.
It’s entirely possible that we can simply remove the old filling and put a new composite filling in without having to consider other treatments. But if you wait to make your appointment, the exposed structure inside of your tooth will begin to decay, leading us to a larger filling. Waiting could also lead to an infected, abscessed nerve and toothache, ultimately demanding a root canal followed by a crown.
Don’t wait to fix a broken tooth or filling. Contact Dr. Ojibway and Dr. Bruce for gentle, friendly care. Your dental comfort is important to us and so is the health of your smile! Schedule your appointment with our Dunwoody dentists today.