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

Oct
8

The Appeal of Tooth-colored Fillings

Posted in Fillings

Tooth-colored (composite) dental fillings are both aesthetically pleasing and generally undetectable. This makes them an attractive alternative to metal fillings.

Better Than Traditional Metal (Amalgam) Fillings?

The edges of metal fillings can become weak, wear down, or break. This deterioration of metal fillings causes your tooth to become unprotected, thus making it more likely that cavities will develop again.

Additionally, metal fillings expand and contract over time. These types of fillings can also split resulting in corrosion and stained teeth and gums. Whereas metal fillings tend to “plug” the tooth, tooth-colored (composite) fillings “bond” to your tooth’s enamel and dentin – resulting in a very strong dental structure.

What To Expect During the Procedure

Typically, you will only have to schedule one visit to have your tooth-colored fillings done. Here’s what you can expect:

  • In general, your dentist will remove decay and any damaged tissue from your tooth (or teeth).
  • Your dentist will spend the necessary time to make sure the color of the filling matches that of your natural tooth.
  • The bond between your natural tooth and the new tooth-colored filling will be strengthened using an “etching solution.”
  • A white composite resin is then applied to your tooth in layers. Your dentist will mold and shape this “putty-like” substance so that your new filling looks natural.
  •  Your dentist will check your bite. This is done to ensure your upper and lower teeth comfortably meet.
  • A curing light is used to harden the composite resin material.
  • The process typically ends with a polishing of your entire tooth’s structure.

Contact your dentist to find out more about tooth-colored fillings.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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Oct
8

The Truth About Tooth-Colored Fillings

Posted in Fillings

Most people who have metal (amalgam) fillings wish they didn’t have them.

With metal fillings, it’s easy for other people to see just how many cavities you’ve had in your lifetime. Additionally, metal fillings ruins your smile by making your teeth appear gray and dull. Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent solution and beautifying alternative to metal fillings. The benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:

  • No metal sensitivity
  •  Better bio-compatibility
  • Preservation of more natural tooth
  • Natural, tooth-like color

Natural-looking Fillings

For many years, dentists have used various composite resins to successfully restore teeth. The properties of tooth-colored fillings mimic your teeth’s hard outer enamel as well as your teeth’s inner dentin. Due to the dental community’s increased understanding and knowledge of tooth composition and tooth structure, more natural looking, tooth-colored filling substances are used today.

The Basic Process

The fundamental process of filling a tooth remains the same whether using metal or tooth-colored filling material. Your dentist will

  •  Prepare your tooth for treatment
  • Remove decay
  • Place the filling into the tooth

For somewhat deep fillings, your dentist may set your tooth-colored filling in several layers. This allows and ensures that each layer successfully cures or hardens.  With extensive tooth restorations, you may be required to have multiple visits. However, the beautiful, natural-looking results are usually worth the additional visit(s).

Strong, Long-lasting Restoration

Compared to tooth-colored fillings, metal fillings require the removal of a larger amount of your healthy tooth in order to properly secure it. This additional removal can result in a weakened tooth structure, which can eventually lead to cracks or chips in your teeth. Tooth-colored fillings require no undercutting. Therefore, more of your natural, healthy tooth remains intact, resulting in a strong, long-lasting restoration of your tooth.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

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