Restorations in Brooklyn Heights, NY
WHAT ARE FILLINGS?
A dental filling is a routine dental treatment that is among the most common dental treatments given to patients every year in the United States. A filling is required when small holes are made in the tooth surface due to decay. Our team at Brooklyn Comfortable Dental Care offers cosmetic, tooth-colored fillings. To repair the cavity, the cavity and underlying damaged tooth structure are removed. Next, a natural tooth-colored filling is placed. These same tooth-colored fillings, also known as dental composites or composite resins, can be used for cosmetic bondings on front teeth.
HOW LONG DO FILLINGS LAST?
Fillings can last for a long time if properly maintained. Proper care means brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day. However, no filling is ever as strong as the original tooth structure. Many factors will affect the lifetime of a filling, such as its location in the mouth (back vs. front), the affected surfaces of the tooth (top, in between teeth, or side of the tooth), your occlusion (how your teeth come together when you bite), teeth grinding, or your salivary response.
WHY DON’T FILLINGS LAST FOREVER?
The second a dentist does a filling or crown, saliva and bacteria immediately try to undermine our hard work. Every bite of food, every second we spend grinding our teeth puts more stress on the beautiful bonding or crown that was just completed.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT WILL CAUSE A FILLING TO FAIL?
The same things that cause a cavity in the first place will cause new cavities to form under an existing filling. This is called recurrent decay. Our team at Brooklyn Comfortable Dental Care will recommend tooth fillings when decay in the tooth surface is identified, typically at a routine exam and hygiene appointment. This goes to show the importance of coming in and seeing our team for routine visits and exams every six months to spot signs of decay which can typically be resolved with simple and routine dental treatments such as fillings.
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