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Dental fillings can range in size depending on the size of the cavity or physical defect that altered the original tooth enamel. Most are made from metallic amalgam or composite resin that is cured and effectively bonded to the adjacent dental material.

As time goes on the enamel layer of the tooth might be affected by poor oral hygiene practices or the chronic presence of oral plaque acids. This can potentially weaken the relationship between it and the dental filling material.

Early signs that this has started to occur could include discomfort in the tooth, a change in color, or increased sensitivity. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should not delay in seeking treatment at John Lee, DDS’s dental office.  

If the distressed dental filling is large or it has fallen out, Dr. John Lee will recommend restoring the entire tooth enamel layer with a dental crown. This treatment strategy typically requires two separate appointments. It is intended fully replicate the tooth enamel layer in an alternate dental material.

The new dental crown will need to be prepared for a professional dental lab. When it’s ready a member of Dr. John Lee’s will call you to schedule a second appointment. Once it has been cemented in place the dental crown will fully restore the original strength of your tooth.

If you live in the Fresno, California, area and you have a problematic dental filling, you should call 559-439-9621 to have it treated at John Lee, DDS’s dental offices.