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When a cavity forms on one of your teeth, Dr. Stephen Woodard can often repair the problem with a dental filling in Spokane Valley, Washington. While they are meant to last a long time, it’s unrealistic to expect a filling to last forever. Sometimes the pervasive bacteria in your mouth can gain microscopic access to the seam between the filling and the surrounding tooth enamel, causing it to fail.

If the bacteria are allowed to continue to exploit the area, it could form a significant new area of decay within the tooth. In a situation like this, you might see a gray color develop in the tooth near the filling. If the filling is on the side of the tooth, it might have a noticeable change in texture.

If a filling is going bad, or if it falls out, you should call Stephen Woodard as soon as possible to have it examined and repaired. Without timely treatment, a new area of decay could slowly penetrate into the deeper layers of the tooth, leading to more significant complications.

A small filling that falls out or goes bad can sometimes be repaired by having a small amount of enamel removed and a large filling applied to it. If a large filling is lost or if a significant amount of tooth enamel has been compromised, your dentist might need to restore the tooth with a dental crown.

If you are having troubles with your filling, you should not delay in contacting Stephen Woodard at 509-924-8585 to seek timely treatment and repair from your dentist.