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While a filling is intended to repair a tooth for many years, it cannot last forever. As time goes by, poor oral hygiene issues and the general health of your tooth enamel could allow the bacteria in your mouth to weaken the filling’s connection with the tooth enamel.

When this starts to happen, you might notice discomfort when chewing on the tooth, increased sensitivity, or even a slight gray shade in the surrounding tooth enamel. Should you have a previously repaired tooth experiencing these symptoms, you should not delay in seeking dental care at Dr. Marilyn Amaral‘s Miami, Florida, dental office.

In some cases, Dr. Marilyn Amaral can treat the problem by removing the compromised filling, along with any affected tooth enamel. Then she can apply a new filling.

In a situation where the uncomfortable filling is large or a new area of tooth decay has formed, Dr. Marilyn Amaral might recommend a total crown restoration. This typically requires two separate appointments.

At your first session, Dr. Marilyn Amaral will numb the area and remove all the tooth enamel. This leaves behind an abutment containing the dentin, pulp, and root of the tooth.

Dr. Marilyn Amaral will create a detailed impression of the area to serve as a guide for use by an off-site dental lab where your permanent crown is made. A hard, plastic, temporary crown is secured over the abutment to protect it.

Once it has been completed, a member of Dr. Marilyn Amaral’s staff will call you to schedule the second appointment to install the crown in your mouth. Once the potent dental cement has bonded the crown to the abutment, the fully restored tooth will serve you for many years to come.

If you live in the Miami, Florida, area and you have a tooth suffering with a distressed filling, you should call 305-274-0425 to have it treated by Dr. Marilyn Amaral.