Dental Tips Blog

May
13

How Does Filling a Cavity Make It Better?

Posted in Fillings

A cavity is a hole in your tooth that’s caused by acid-producing bacteria.

Dentists have been filling teeth for decades in an effort to stop the spread of cavities. How do fillings work, though?

What a Dental Filling Does 

When a cavity strikes, it creates a weak spot that compromises your tooth’s structural integrity. It’s only a matter of time until biting down on your tooth can cause it to chip or fracture.

Not only do cavities weaken teeth, but they very rarely stop growing once they get started. The bacteria that eat a hole in the tooth multiply and keep on producing the acid that makes the hole bigger and bigger.

Before long, a cavity can grow so large that the tooth becomes abscessed or breaks apart completely.

Dental fillings restore holes in teeth to keep them strong and seal out germs that would only make the cavity larger. Before your dentist fills your tooth, he or she ensures that all the infected and damaged tissues is completely gone.

What’s the Best Dental Restoration?

The kind of restoration you need depends on the amount of damage your tooth has experienced. Treatments range from classic direct fillings to partial crowns to root canals. The sooner you treat your tooth, the more conservative the procedure will be, and the more likely you are to avoid the need for re-treatment.

All kinds of dental restorations can wear down and fall apart with time. But filling a tooth still remains the best way to treat a cavity. Good oral hygiene will help your fillings to last as long as possible.

If you suspect that you have a cavity, call your dentist to learn about your options.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-888

Feb
13

Why That Filling Needs to Be Replaced

Posted in Fillings

In all honesty, it can seem like it isn’t fair to have to get a filling again. Especially right where you already have one to begin with.

Why does your dentist recommending redoing something you’ve already had done? Aren’t dental fillings supposed to last for life?

No Fillings Last Forever

The simple goal of dentistry is this: make your teeth last as long as possible. There’s no guarantee a treatment like fillings will last forever. While stronger dental materials are still under research, we have to accept the fact that for now, it’s only a matter of time. Even a ten-year-old dental filling is something to be grateful for!

So why do fillings ultimately need to be replaced at some point?

There Was a Mistake With The Last Restoration

It happens! Perhaps the tooth wasn’t prepared correctly or a material was used that wasn’t right for your tooth. You might visit a new dentist to find out that the last one did sub-standard work.

You Are Being Too Rough on Your Teeth

It is possible to chew a filling right out of your tooth. No, normal eating habits won’t do this. But if you’ve got a habit of grinding your teeth in your sleep, this can weaken and wear down a dental filling.

Dental Decay Has Made a Comeback

This is going to be your most likely reason to update a filling. Over time, a tooth once weakened by a cavity can once again fall victim to the effects of decay. Once those tooth-eating bacteria sneak their way back under a filling, they’ll carry out their dirty work unseen.

Ask your dentist for more details if you’re advised to redo a filling.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Apr
21

White Fillings

Posted in Fillings

For many adults who have had cavities filled, their mouths are full of metal. Some people are self conscious about how their silver metal fillings make their teeth look. They feel as though the fillings discolor their teeth and are obvious when they speak to others and smile. Today, there is a more aesthetically pleasing option for those who need to have cavities filled. White fillings (also known as “tooth colored fillings”) are made to blend in with the natural tooth enamel while bonding to the tooth and preventing more damage or decay.

Both children and adults are good candidates for white fillings. Adults who are uncomfortable with their silver fillings also have the option to have them replaced with white fillings. White fillings are made out of high quality composite material that bonds to the tooth and is made to withstand normal wear and tear from chewing, biting, talking, laughing, and other normal uses of the mouth. Because white fillings are shaped and colored to resemble a real tooth, people usually can not even tell that a tooth has ever been filled. For many, this feature is just as important as preventing further tooth decay.

Our teeth say a lot about who we are. For those in position to be in front of an audience on a regular basis, or for those who consider themselves to be very outgoing, they care about how the appearance of their teeth affects how others view them. White fillings are available for almost anyone who needs to have a cavity filled. They are highly effective at prevention of further decay and for helping to maintain the beauty of a natural smile.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers

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