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A dental filling is intended to repair modest-sized cavities for a long time to come. At the same time, you can never expect a filling to last forever. While some fillings might give you a warning sign that they are about to fail, like a graying in the enamel or a change in texture, some are simply lost with little to no overt notice.

As a rule of thumb, the larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to have its cement compromised by the bacteria in your mouth.

If one of your fillings is giving you trouble, you need to call Dr. Thomas Jackson as soon as possible to have it repaired. The compromised tooth enamel could fracture or continue to decay, leading to even more serious complications.

If the filling was small, your dentist might be able to repair it by removing a small amount of enamel and cementing a new filling in place.

If it was a large filling, or if the decay has compromised too much of the tooth enamel, then Dr. Thomas Jackson might recommend that the tooth be fitted for a dental crown.

If you have recently lost a dental filling in Lapeer, Michigan, you should not delay in calling Jackson Dental at 810-667-3535 to have it treated and repaired.