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Liberty, MO 64068


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115 Blue Jay Drive
Suite 104
Liberty, MO 64068

September 27, 2012
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Dental fillings (restorations) may last many years before needing to be replaced.  However, constant pressure from chewing, grinding and clenching may cause a filling to wear away, chip, crack or even fall out.  Fillings that are worn around the edges or have pulled away from tooth enamel are invitations to decay causing bacteria.  This bacteria is present in saliva and combines with sugar or starch from food to produce acids.  The bacteria enter the tiny spaces between the filling and the tooth.  Once there, they cannot usually be removed wih a toothbrush.  Decay may start to develop along the margins of the filling. 

Improper hygiene, diet, gum recession or decreased saliva flow might cause recurring decay.  If the recurrent decay is not removed early, it eventually progresses into the soft dentin and then dental pulp, the tooth's living core.  If the damaged or diseased pulp is not removed, the tooth and the surrounding tissues can become infected.

Regular dental examinations are important because fillings that are broken and no longer intact generally can be detected in the early stages.  Worn fillings should be replaced before decay begins.  In some cases, extensive tooth decay around an existing filling may leave little tooth structure once the decay is removed.  This may require the tooth needing a crown instead of a filling. 


Daniel Colgan

 Dr. Colgans office provides gentle, compassionate care to all of our patients at our dental practice in Liberty MO. We make your comfort and dental health our top priority.

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