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Dec
19

Replacing Old Restorations

Posted in Fillings

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

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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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