Dental Tips Blog

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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