A secure dental filling will offset the potential loss of structural integrity that occurs when your dentist removes decay from a tooth. As long as you practice good oral care, have regular dental checkups, and avoid habits that can harm your teeth, you should be able to count on your filling for many years. If you do have an issue, let your dentist know as soon as possible. A loose or damaged filling, or a lost filling, can leave your tooth in a vulnerable state. Your dentist can do whatever is necessary to take care of your tooth. If an issue with your filling also affects your tooth, your dentist might opt to support your tooth with a dental crown.
Using Composite Resin Fillings Instead Of Metal
Patients with metal fillings may be interested in having their restoration replaced with a filling made with composite resin. Metal can be more sensitive to changing size in high or low temperatures, which can cause issues with how your filling fits. Composite resin is also popular for being a more cosmetically pleasing alternative – the resin is a better visual match with your enamel, so it does not become a potential distraction.
Good Oral Care Can Help Keep Your Restorations In Good Condition
When you practice good oral care, you can keep your restorations in better shape for longer. That means protecting your teeth by not chewing on hard substances, and letting your dentist know if you develop a teeth grinding habit. Taking better care of your teeth can protect any fillings or crowns already in place…and help you avoiding needing more restorative work in the future.