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Do tooth colored fillings last as long as metal fillings?
Tooth colored filings are the most common type of dental restoration used today. These restorations are favored for their incredibly natural appearance and their longevity. Tooth colored fillings can last just as long as metal ones when you take good care of your oral health and avoid bad habits that can wear down your restorations and your teeth.
What materials are used to make tooth colored fillings?
A tooth colored filling is made from a compound comprised of tiny particles of glass and biocompatible plastic (composite resin). These fillings stand up well to fluctuations in temperature as well as oral function. What makes these fillings especially popular is the fact that they can be tinted to blend in with biological tooth structure. A composite resin filling produces undetectable dental work with real lasting power.
How can I preserve my dental work?
Restorations are durable but they can be damaged. One way to extend the lifespan of your restorations is to commit to practicing good oral hygiene and receiving routine checkups with your dentist. You should follow the ADA’s guidelines for oral hygiene, which include twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. Taking good care of your teeth will help prevent degradation to your tooth enamel and the development of tooth decay.
Frequent checkups can help detect potential threats to your teeth and gums in their earliest stages. When tooth structure is weakened by enamel loss or decay around fillings and other dental work, it can be a threat to the longevity of your restorations. These appointments can help you address concerns before they become bigger problems.
Another important aspect to preserving restorations is to avoid habits that can break them and your teeth. Habits like grinding your teeth, chewing on ice cubes, and using your teeth to open packaging can break biological structures along with your dental work.
If you have questions about restorative dentistry, call the office of Dr. Randy Parham to schedule a consultation with our dentist.
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