At The Dental Studio on 30th in Farmington, New Mexico, we offer tooth colored dental fillings for our patients who need a dental restoration. This material allows the filling to blend in with your natural tooth, creating a beautiful smile. Typical dental fillings are made to withstand the ongoing pressures of biting and chewing, and with good oral care and maintenance 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.
Dental fillings can sometimes leak, and when this happens, oral debris made of bacteria and food particles enter the area beneath the filling. Because you cannot clean this area, bacteria will cause further decay by producing acid from feeding on this debris. This can go on for a while before you notice it, so regular dental checkups are vital to detecting this type of occurrence. Dr. Brett Riche can detect if this is happening even before symptoms present themselves to you.
Over time cracks can develop in fillings for various reasons. It can be cause from biting down, particularly if the filling is higher than the tooth’s surface. Cracks can also develop around the edges of the filling which can be fixed instead of replaced, depending on the size and depth of the crack. And if you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep you may wear down fillings prematurely.
Dental fillings can also be lost, from biting down too hard, if the filling wasn’t strong enough for the tooth it was placed on, or if the tooth didn’t bond properly during initial placement because saliva leaked into the cavity during the restoration process.
At The Dental Studio on 30th Farmington, New Mexico, we are happy to offer our patients tooth colored fillings for your beautiful smile. So, if it is time for your next dental checkup or if you are experiencing