Should You Replace Your Old Metal Dental Fillings?

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Odds are, you will have a cavity at one time or another. You may have had one already.

In the United States, more than 90 percent of adults develop at least one cavity, and many people having multiple cavities during their lives.

If you do get one, we want you to know about our tooth-colored dental fillings at Texas Dental Group. By using a composite resin, we can fill your cavity so that no one will be able to tell that you had one. The resin can be made to match the color of your teeth so it blends in with your smile.

That may be welcome news to anyone who still has old, metal fillings in their mouth. This also may be a reason for you to schedule a visit to our dentist office in Spring, TX. Call (832) 791-1706 or contact us online.

And keep reading to find out why you may be ready to replace your old filling with something better and new.


Fillings Don’t Last Forever

If you look back over the course of human history, we have made a lot of progress in dentistry. We now understand that bacteria and plaque lead to tooth decay and cavities.

For a long time, metal fillings were the best option for repairing teeth damaged by decay. Fillings made of gold or amalgam (a mix of mercury and other metals such as copper, silver, and tin) can and will bring back the function of your teeth. Unfortunately, metal fillings also can be a distraction from the rest of your smile.

Thanks to composite resin, we can make dental fillings that restore both the function of your tooth and its natural appearance.

In spite of those improvements, however, no one has developed a permanent filling. With proper care, fillings can last for several years, but from time to time, you will need to replace them to prevent additional problems.


When You Should Replace Your Fillings

Fillings have two primary purposes. First, they restore the function of your teeth. Second, they protect your teeth from further infections.

This also means that fillings are exposed to the same things as the rest of your teeth. And just like real teeth, fillings can experience wear and tear. This also is a good reason to continue coming to Texas Dental Group for regular cleanings and exams. Those visits give our dental professionals an opportunity to check the condition of your fillings. We can let you know when it’s time to get a new one.

In between visits, here are some things you should watch for.


Chipped fillings

Just like your teeth can become chipped, your fillings can become chipped, too. Your initial thought may be that this isn’t a big deal.

Some chips may expose a part of your tooth that had been covered. This could allow bacteria to eat into your tooth in a place that is hard to clean by brushing your teeth. That could lead to more decay and more damage to your teeth. If that happens, you may need more than just a replacement filling.


Cracked fillings

Again, like teeth, fillings can develop cracks if you bite into the wrong thing. That crack can start small, but if it spreads, bacteria could get deep into your tooth. This could allow it to damage your tooth in a place where you can’t see it.

For that reason, the crack could be the opening that leads to a tooth infection, which may require a root canal rather than just another filling. Replacing a cracked filling sooner rather than later is always a better option.


Worn-down fillings

Like we mentioned above, fillings do not last forever. Even if you avoid the other problems, eventually, your filling will wear down enough that parts of your teeth are exposed. This is something we will be looking for when you visit for routine checkups.


Fillings that have fallen out

We certainly hope this doesn’t happen to you. If it does, you will want to replace your filling as soon as possible. Over time, a filling can start to separate from your tooth. As that separation spreads, your risk of losing the filling completely grows. Again, it’s better to replace the filling before it can get to this point.


Want Us To Check Your Fillings?

All you have to do is schedule an appointment at our Spring, TX dentist office.

Call (832) 791-1706 or contact us online today.


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