Fillings and crowns restore tooth material that has been lost as a result of decay. Despite lasting a number of years, there comes a day when they need to be replaced. This may be due simply down to wear and tear, cosmetic issues such as darkening, or perhaps you have an old amalgam filling and would like a more aesthetic white filling.
When a filling is chipped or broken, there are areas that become exposed, enabling bacteria to enter and leaving the teeth susceptible to decay. The bacteria that enters these gaps are challenging to remove through brushing and flossing alone and if untreated, decay infects the dental pulp, necessitating a root canal or extraction.
Crowns and bridges can also fracture in a similar way, causing complications that are painful and costly. Extractions and root canals can be avoided by attending regular dental check-ups, preventing the need for serious intervention. Keep in mind that you may not be able to spot if you crown or filling is worn so regular check-ups with your dentist are essential.
Replacing a crown
Whether a person needs their crown replaced is down to their individual circumstances; you might need it replacing because of cracks and chips that are paving the way for decay or you may simply wish to have a new crown for aesthetic reasons. Crowns discolour and over time their edges become more noticeable. Crowns can also be used to deal with issues such as receding gums, overcrowding, and missing teeth.
Replacing amalgam fillings
Perhaps you have an old filling that is made from dental amalgam and would like to replace this with a modern alternative – a white filling. Unlike amalgam fillings, white fillings do not turn grey over time and are created to match the shade of your existing teeth, making them an aesthetically sound choice. In contrast to traditional amalgam fillings, white fillings require less preparation, therefore take less time to fit.
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