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Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can cause poor oral hygiene and create an environment in your mouth that shortens the lifespan of your dental work. In a situation like this it might be possible for the natural bacteria in your mouth to weaken the bond holding one of your dental fillings to the surrounding tooth enamel.

This is even more likely to be an issue if you routinely procrastinate your regular dental checkup at Dr. Scott R. Adishian’s Arcadia, California dental clinic.

If the bacteria manage to infiltrate the tooth enamel surrounding the dental filling it could cause a new area of tooth decay to form dangerously deep within the tooth. When this happens you might experience discomfort or a toothache in the tooth.

A small filling that’s distressed or falls out might be repaired by having a small amount of tooth enamel removed and applying a slightly larger dental filling. If the original dental filling was large or a new cavity has formed, Dr. Scott R. Adishian might recommend treating the tooth with a dental crown.

If the tooth decay has managed to penetrate the pulp or root of the tooth, he might need to perform a root canal. This will excise all traces of tooth decay and rebuild sufficient structure for anchoring a dental crown.

If you live in the Arcadia, California, area and you have missing or distressed filling, you should call 626-796-3700 to have it examined and treated at Scott R. Adishian, DDS, Inc..