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Installing a dental filling into a tooth’s enamel layer is often an effective method for treating a minor case of tooth decay or to repair a small physical defect in a tooth’s surface. This long-term treatment plan is meant to restore the strength and function of the tooth for many years. Over time, it is still possible for the strong bond between a dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel to weaken. This occurs more frequently with larger and older dental fillings. However, the process can be accelerated by chronic poor oral hygiene.

In some of these cases, the natural bacteria in your mouth can gain access to the internal tooth enamel behind the dental filling. Since this area can’t be cleaned by your daily brushing and flossing efforts, the new area of tooth decay might be able to spread unfettered. If the sensitive core structure of the tooth has been affected by tooth decay, it might cause you to experience toothache discomfort. In a situation like this, you should not delay in seeking care at Cory Williams, DDS.

In many of these cases, the most effective treatment plan often involves Dr. Cory Williams perform a root canal. This mode of treatment will remove all decayed material from the tooth and prepare sufficient structure to mount a crown. If you are in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area and you are experiencing toothache pain in a previously repaired tooth, you should call 910-763-1072 to have it examined and treated today!