Maintenance is an important part of any piece of equipment. Take your car for example: you have the oil changed regularly, replace the tires as they begin to wear out, and fill it up with gas on your way out to work. If you didn’t do these things, your car would break down long before it ought to. The same goes for your teeth; old dental restorations like fillings, bonding, bridges and crowns can wear out after a period of time.
Replacing your dental restorations is something that will need to happen eventually for everyone that’s had dental treatment. Fillings or other material will eventually wear out, begin to leak, or can break apart over time. Gaps between the restoration and your teeth will allow bacteria or stain to seep into the tooth, making them become unsightly or at risk to develop new decay. Sometimes your dentist will recommend replacing a filling before you even have any symptoms of sensitivity or pain on the tooth, because clinical evidence points to signs of advanced wear. By having your treatment completed in a timely manner, you can prevent conditions like broken teeth, dental emergencies, and costlier dental care.
You can extend the life of your restorations by taking great care of your teeth and eating a balanced diet. A high acid or sugar intake will increase decay, and excess plaque will also cause cavities to form or re-form on your teeth, around your fillings. Routine dental visits that include cleanings, fluoride, x-rays and an exam can prevent or identify problems while they’re still small. Supplementing with a home fluoride rinse is also a great addition to your oral hygiene routine.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care
Aside from accidental trauma, teeth fracture for a variety of reasons. Repairing a fractured tooth should happen quickly I order to preserve the health of the remaining tooth structure. Let’s discuss two of the most common causes of a fractured tooth, and what treatment is necessary for restoring its health and longevity.
Dental fillings that are over 20 years old usually begin to show signs of age. The margins of the filling may begin to pull away from the tooth and allow leakage. Very large fillings should be replaced as soon as they begin to show signs of leakage, as ignoring them may allow the tooth to be compromised. Biting down on food is sometimes all that it takes for the remaining outer enamel to fracture off from around the filling. Most of these fractures are large and involve a significant portion of the tooth. Removing the remaining filling, preparing the enamel and placing a crown on the tooth can help preserve the tooth for several years.
Sometimes a tooth breaks apart when nothing seems to be wrong with it. Untreated decay that spreads deep into the teeth will weaken the tooth structure, causing it to give out during normal use. Routine x-rays can identify areas of early tooth decay and allow you to have the area treated while it is still small.
Restoring a fractured tooth should happen in a timely manner. This protects what is left of the tooth so that it can function for years to come. Help avoid fractured teeth by seeing your dentist regularly for preventive care services as well as routine radiographs. Early intervention is usually less expensive and not as invasive compared to emergency treatment needed by a broken tooth.
Posted on behalf of Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
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