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Fillings are commonly used to repair a small cavity or a chip in a tooth’s enamel layer. While they are intended to last for many years, it is possible for a filling’s bond with the surrounding tooth enamel to degrade. As time goes on, bacteria can slowly invade the microscopic seam, causing a new area of tooth decay to form deep within the tooth.

Many times, there will be some early warning signs of this happening. It could include heightened sensitivity, discomfort when biting down, or a grade shade developing in the surrounding tooth enamel. If you ignore these symptoms of a filling in distress, the bacterial presence can penetrate to the root of the tooth.

As this happens, you might gradually start to experience a toothache. If you find yourself in a situation like this, you shouldn’t delay in seeking treatment at Dr. Brent Hawkins’s Amarillo, Texas clinic.

Rubbing a topical oral analgesic, on the surrounding gums or holding a cold compress to your cheek might provide some temporary relief from pain. This might be enough to keep you comfortable while you await your appointment with Dr. Brent Hawkins.

A feeling of pressure or pain in the gums can be a serious symptom, as it could be a sign that a dangerous abscess or infection has formed in the gums.

This often calls for endodontic care, wherein Dr. Brent Hawkins performs a root canal to remove all the infected materials and rebuild the structure of the tooth. This will provide an anchor point for an eventual crown.

If a large abscess has formed in the gums or the tooth fractures near the gum line, it might not be viable for treatment by a root canal. To treat a tooth in this condition, Dr. Brent Hawkins might recommend a total extraction. Once your gums have healed and any infection concerns have eased, he can then help you decide if you would like to restore the tooth with a bridge or dental implant.

If you live in the Amarillo, Texas area and you are suffering from a toothache, you should call 806-353-4361 to have it professionally treated and restored by with Dr. Brent Hawkins.