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A filling is often used to repair tooth enamel after it has been affected by tooth decay. Once a filling is secured in place, it will restore the full function of the tooth for a long time to come. However, as the years pass, the bacteria in your mouth can sometimes exploit the seam between the filling and the surrounding healthy enamel.

When this happens, bacteria can sometimes form a pocket of decay within the enamel. If this goes undetected or untreated, the decay can penetrate deep into the tooth and affect the pulp or root of the tooth.

In a case like this, your dentist might need to perform a root canal to extract any decayed or infected tissues and to restore the integrity of the tooth. This is done by applying a firm yet rubbery material called gutta percha.

This will form an abutment that will later provide a strong anchor for a crown. Dr. Gary K. Walden will take an impression of the area, which will serve as a guide for the dental lab technician who will form the crown out of porcelain, gold or base metals.

When the crown is ready, Dr. Gary K. Walden will cement the new crown into place, thus restoring the full function of the tooth.

If you have a tooth with a suspicious filling, you shouldn’t delay in calling Dr. Gary K. Walden’s endodontic clinic in Bowling Green, Kentucky at 270.282.0909 to have it examined and treated.