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A dental filling might be called upon to treat a minor cavity or another defect that compromises a tooth’s enamel layer. They are sometimes used to address chips or a minor case of dental attrition. After the dental filling has been bonded to the tooth enamel it will last for many years to come.

Yet chronic inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene habits can result in a lingering build-up of plaque acids in your mouth. As time goes on the acidic oral environment could gradually start to demineralize the tooth enamel surrounding a dental filling.

If you have a tooth with a distressed or missing dental filling, it is best to have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Scott McQuiston, as soon as possible. The size and location of the compromised dental filling will influence the treatment plan that he puts forth.

If the compromised area is small he might be able to treat the tooth by removing a small amount of the surrounding tooth enamel before installing a replacement dental filling. However, a patient with a large distressed or missing dental filling might need a dental crown restoration. This mode of treatment will completely replace the tooth’s enamel layer with an alternate dental material.

If you are in the Alexandria, Virginia, area and you have a tooth with a missing or distressed dental filling, you should call 703-354-0111 to have it examined and treated at McQuiston Dental.