Tooth-colored Fillings Lifespan and Aftercare
By Stephen Rogers on May 08, 2015
There was a time when restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry were two entirely different fields of medicine. When your teeth required restoration, it usually meant that you were going to sport some flashy metal whenever you bore your teeth, and there was nothing particularly aesthetically pleasing about that. Still, it was the price you had to pay to restore function and health to your mouth. Thankfully, those days are long gone, and the lines between restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry have become permanently blurred.
No treatment epitomizes this blurring of the lines quite like tooth-colored fillings. Whereas dental fillings used to be synonymous with conspicuous silver amalgam, modern composite fillings blend seamlessly into any smile while providing strong, durable results that last for years. At Greater Long Island Dental, our dedication to using only the finest materials means that you can depend on your restorations surviving the daily wear and tear of biting and chewing while continuing to look and feel great. You’ll emerge with a beautiful, vibrant smile while enjoying all of the oral health benefits of traditional silver amalgam fillings.
Of course, even the best-made fillings are not permanent, whether they are tooth-colored or silver amalgam. We take the time to explain tooth-colored fillings lifespan and aftercare at our Long Island office during one-on-one consultations with patients prior to treatment. This way, patients know precisely what to expect during treatment, as well as what they can do after treatment to get the most out of their fillings for as long as possible.
How long do tooth-colored fillings typically last?
With proper at-home hygiene regimens and twice-yearly visits to our office for professional cleanings and thorough oral exams, tooth-colored fillings typically last for approximately eight years, with many lasting for a decade or longer. This puts them about on par with silver amalgam fillings in terms of their lifespan. In recent years, the composite resin used in tooth-colored fillings has gotten stronger. While it could not be claimed that it will consistently outperform metal yet, it certainly holds its own in a way that it did not even 20 years ago, when it could not be used to fill back teeth.
What is aftercare like for tooth-colored fillings?
Common sense goes a long way when it comes to caring for your tooth-colored fillings, just as it does when caring for your untreated teeth. Your tooth-colored fillings will be strong and durable, but they can fail if not treated with care. If your natural teeth are vulnerable to chipping, cracking, and decay, then it stands to reason that your restored teeth are also vulnerable. By the same token, if you can extend the health of your natural teeth with good oral habits, then the same will hold true for your restored teeth.
Here are a few tips for caring for your tooth-colored fillings:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, using gentle force with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss using a zig-zag motion, followed by a rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
- Avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice, pen caps, and fingernails.
- Yes, popcorn is delicious, and so are many other crunchy, chewy, and sticky foods - but they can wreak havoc on your teeth. Exercise caution, please.
- If you don’t smoke, great! If you do, please try to quit.
- If you are a chronic tooth grinder, ask us about custom mouth guard therapy.
Learn More about Tooth-Colored Fillings Lifespan and Aftercare
To learn more about tooth-colored fillings lifespan and aftercare, please contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today.
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