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Dental fillings are often used to repair a chip, minor dental fracture, or a modest size cavity. They are typically bonded or cemented to the surrounding tooth enamel with the intention that they will last for many years.

As time goes on it’s possible for the natural bacteria living in your mouth to weaken the connection between the dental filling and the surrounding tooth enamel. The chances of this happening are increased if you struggle to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine or the dental filling is very large.

Symptoms of a problem like this could include heightened sensitivity, a gray color building up in the tooth, or a persistent toothache. In a situation like this, you need to seek the specialist care offered by Dr. John Ifantis at his endodontic clinic.

If the interior of the tooth has been significantly compromised, he might need to perform a root canal. This endodontic treatment is designed to remove all compromised material to prevent bacteria from causing an infection in your gums.

Once this is done, Dr. John Ifantis will rebuild the structure of the tooth to create an abutment. This small post structure will eventually anchor a dental crown. Once the restoration is complete the restored tooth should serve you for many years to come.

If you live in the Morton Grove, Illinois, area and you have a toothache from a suspected bad filling, you should call (847) 268.4998 to seek treatment at Ifantis Dental Care.