At VIP Smiles in Syracuse, Utah, we offer white tooth-colored fillings for our patients who need a dental restoration. These resin or composite fillings are amalgam and mercury-free for the oral health of our patients. Because we use Micro-Air Abrasion, we can remove tooth decay quickly, from 2-4 minutes instead of the 20-30 which traditional fillings require!
Dental fillings are created to withstand the ongoing pressures of biting and chewing, and with good oral care and maintenance, they can last 5-15 years, depending on their composition. Even so, fillings do wear down with time, or chip, crack, and even fall out and require replacing.
Leaking – dental fillings can sometimes leak, and when this happens, oral debris consisting of bacteria and food particles enter the area beneath the filling. Because you cannot clean this area, the bacteria will create further decay by producing acid from feeding on this debris. Because this can go on for a while before you notice it, regular dental checkups are important to catching this. During a checkup our dedicated dentists, Drs. Shad, Richard, and Clive Ingram are able to detect if this is happening even before symptoms manifest.
Cracking – over time cracks can develop in fillings, even from biting down, particularly if the filling is higher than the tooth’s surface. Cracks can also develop around the edges of the filling and can be fixed instead of replaced, depending on the size and depth of the crack. And if you grind your teeth while you sleep you can wear down fillings prematurely.
Losing a filling – fillings can be lost for various reasons. You might accidentally bite down too hard on something, or the filling might not have been strong enough for the tooth it was originally placed on, or if the tooth didn’t bond properly during initial placement because saliva entered the cavity during the restoration process. If you do end up losing a filling, it will require replacement to preserve the tooth.
At VIP Smiles in Syracuse, Utah, we are happy to offer our patients white tooth-colored fillings for a beautiful, healthy, natural looking smile. So, if it is time for your next dental checkup or if you are experiencing problems with a filling, you can reach our dedicated team by calling 801-776-3000 today.