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Sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet can all be signs of a tooth decay. The decay could be under an existing filling or crown, or it could be a new cavity between two teeth. This patient one new cavity that had grown to the point of trapping food between the teeth. They also had decay forming under an existing silver filling.
We used a rubber dam to protect the lips, cheeks, gums, and prevent the patient from swallowing dental tools. Wedges were used to separate the teeth and further protect the gum tissue.
Then we removed the decay and existing filling. The ...
There are many reasons for needing a crown including a large failing filling and cracks extending through the enamel and into the middle of the tooth.
This patient started with a very large silver (amalgam) filling on their upper premolar. The silver color was causing the tooth to appear grey. It also had large cracks extending under the silver filling.
We first removed the silver filling and built the tooth back up to normal size using a tooth colored filling material. This can work well for a short time, however due to the crack we were concerned about the tooth breaking over ...
Sometimes the best replacement is with the natural tooth. Our patient accidentally broke his front two teeth (#8 and #9). Luckily, he kept the broken fragments and brought them to his emergency dental appointment. We were able to complete a root canal on tooth #8 because the nerve was exposed. Tooth #9 didn’t have a nerve exposure, so it did not need a root canal at this time. We carefully cleaned the teeth and the broken fragments. Then we reattached the broken portions with tooth colored filling material. We adjusted the teeth to minimize pressure on them when chewing, then ...
Many patients have large silver (amalgam) fillings and they may last for many years or decades. Several things can happen to silver fillings over time though, including:
- Staining or discoloration of the healthy surrounding tooth structure
- Corrosion leading to leaking margins
- Decay along the leaking margins or under the silver filling
- Cracks in the healthy surrounding tooth structure
- Chipping, cracks, or even loss of the silver filling itself
This patient had a large silver filling that was more than half of the chewing surface of the tooth and had a leaking margin with decay underneath the filling. After discussing the options we opted for a tooth ...
We are always excited to help patients restore the confidence in their smile. This patient had several large cavities that were causing discoloration of the teeth, were sensitive to cold and sweets, and were making it difficult to keep the teeth clean.
In one visit, we were able to remove all the decay on five upper front teeth and one lower front tooth. We then used a tooth colored filling material to replace the missing tooth structure, close the space between the front teeth, and restore the smile.
This patient initially came in looking for a more cosmetic option to replace their silver (amalgam) fillings. After a comprehensive exam and evaluation we discovered decay under several of the silver fillings, but not all. Silver (amalgam) fillings can be an excellent treatment option and last a very long time, but replacing them simply because they are not tooth colored is not something we typically do. We know all fillings eventually need replacement, so we encourage getting the most out of the existing fillings if possible.
For this patient, we discussed the pros and cons of replacing all three silver fillings ...