I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!
Do you have dental fillings? If so, you may assume that you do not have to be concerned about the affected tooth or teeth. This sense of relief is common because dental fillings can last many years. However, like anything else, issues can arise and cause dental issues when individuals have fillings. This is why it is necessary to ensure that you practice good oral hygiene practices that include routine dental visits.
Most routine visits involve examinations, cleanings, and replacing damaged or worn dental work. Sometimes the recommendation is made during the dental visit, but the recommended procedures may be scheduled at a later date especially if new oral issues are discovered. The following points represent dental filling issues you could face.
Outdated Materials and Approaches
If you have dental work that has been in your mouth for several years, it may be composed of a metal called amalgam. This material was widely used in past years. It was favored because metal can provide durable protection to tooth surfaces. However, the process of securing amalgam fillings involves removing more tooth structure than some other materials. Keeping amalgam fillings secured also involves heavy reliance on keeping adjacent teeth healthy.
Some individuals may develop intolerances to metal fillings even if they have had them for many years. This can cause allergic inflammation. Another possibility is the gradual feeling of tooth sensitivity. This can happen as a result of the metal material loosening. Another possibility is that teeth may react differently to cold and hot temperatures from food and drink.
Not Providing the Same Protection
Your dental fillings may not serve their intended purpose even if they appear to be intact. Some cavities are translucent, which can make detecting them difficult with untrained eyes. Issues such as pain can result in the discovery of failing dental work. In the absence of pain, the issue may be discovered during routine examinations. Your dentist may opt to remove the older filling and replace it with a new filling if the decay has not progressed to point of a crown being useless or if the decay is too significant and could pose a health threat.
A dentist is a good resource to use to learn more about the steps that you can take to ensure that dental work such as fillings and crowns serve their purpose of making life easier and preserving natural teeth. They can also determine if you could benefit from removing older dental work and replacing it with more modern options. This can improve the appearance of your teeth and reduce the chances of you needing aggressive treatments due to problematic teeth.
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6 August 2020