There are many reasons as to why old fillings need to be replaced. It is best to replace old fillings before new decay forms underneath them and with modern technology dentists can now detect beginning decay. A dental filling may last many years before it needs to be replaced. Chewing, grinding and other movements that can cause stress on your tooth will eventually cause your filling to wear away and fall out. When fillings are worn they start to pull away from the tooth which leaves gaps at the filling edges, which provides an entry point for bacteria. If the seal is broken between the tooth and the filling, the bacteria works their way into the opening and that can cause decay. If the decay is left untreated, that can lead to the pulp becoming infected which then leads to a possible root canal.
There are several factors that play a part in the longevity and performance of dental fillings. These factors are:
· Where and how fillings are placed.
· The components of the filling material
· How much pressure the tooth has to endure during chewing.
A dental filling may last many years before it needs to be replaced. Chewing, grinding and other movements that can cause stress on your tooth will eventually cause your filling to wear away and fall out. Advances in modern dental materials can create a more natural looking smile. Amalgam or “silver fillings” are now making their way out of the dental field where as ceramic and plastic compound fillings are making more a profound entrance, due to the fact that they resemble more of a natural tooth.
Regular dental examinations are important because early decay can be detected. Although you may not know that your fillings are worn your dentist can identify any issues with your old fillings.
Have your old fillings examined and replaced at Verde Pointe Dental Associates!
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