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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