Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Is It Time To Redo Your Old Fillings?
The reason your general dentist asks that you come in for regular check-ups is to evaluate your dental health, including the state of your existing dental care.
“While dental restorations – fillings and crowns – may last a long time, it may not be forever,” says Dr. Judith Ko from her Hemet Valley, California Dental Practice. “The length of time your restorations last is very dependent on several different factors including: diet, hygiene, habits and the quality of the dental material originally placed,” she adds.
1. Diet: A change in diet that increases the sweet sugary foods you eat, can contribute to decay. Also as we age, gum tissue may recede, this exposes tooth enamel that has not been protected by fluoride. Your diet will therefore play a role in how well your fillings will last.
2. Hygiene: Each patient mouth is different, and so following your dentist’s recommendation on how frequently you should be seen for cleanings and exams will help you to not only take care of decay early, it will help your dentist find problems with existing fillings and crowns early – both of which save you money.
3. Habits: Chewing ice can damage your existing fillings, as can biting your nails. Remember, your teeth should be used as utility instruments. All of these habits can reduce the longevity of your dental work.
4. Quality: A crown is a crown is a crown, right? Wrong! Not all materials are created equal. Which is why you should ask questions about the type of material your dentist recommends for you.
Keeping your smile bright and healthy is a smart thing to do. It not only saves you money, it will result in less intensive dental treatment, and longer lasting restorations. It’s a win, win, win for you.