Dental Tips Blog

Jun
19

What You Can Expect From A Filling

Posted in Fillings

Fillings are almost a rite of passage. Most adults in this country have had at least one of two, most of them were usually due to a cavity that they had as a youth. Although filling materials have changed, techniques improved, and dental care has become more comfortable, there are some things that you can always expect from a filling.

  • Fillings are not permanent. Fillings are long-term restorations that help maintain the function and health of a tooth, but they do not miraculously become new tooth enamel. If not properly cared for through a balanced diet and oral hygiene, recurrent decay can develop around your existing filling.
  • Over time, even healthy fillings will begin to wear out. This can be seen by your dentist and is known as “leaking” around the filling. The bond between the filling and your tooth can open up and allow bacteria or saliva between the old restoration and the tooth enamel. If this happens, the filling will need to be replaced in a timely manner to prevent your tooth from becoming fractured.
  • Fillings can’t do what a crown can. If you have a very large cavity or fractured tooth, then fillings are not acceptable methods of treatment to restore the tooth. This would create abnormal weight distribution on your remaining healthy enamel, causing the tooth to split or fracture off, leaving you with nothing left to restore. Placing a crown over the tooth can preserve it for several more years.
  • If left untreated, a small filling can turn into a large filling very fast. Cavities are best treated as early as possible, keeping tooth preparation minimal, more comfortable, and less expensive.

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