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By Brilliant Smiles Dental
January 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Delray Beach wants you to knowdental fillings

Dental fillings can last for years, especially if you practice excellent oral hygiene habits and don’t grind your teeth at night. Dental fillings can fail from dental decay around the filling or if you expose your teeth to repeated trauma like grinding or clenching. Trauma can weaken a filling, causing it to chip or break.

So when do you need a filling replaced? Dr. Henry Rodriguez-Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL wants to tell you about the signs you might need your filling replaced.

You may need a filling replaced if:

  • Your filling is cracked, broken or chipped
  • Your tooth is decayed around the filling
  • Your tooth is sensitive, especially to hot, cold or sweets
  • Your filling has a space between it and your tooth

There are also some ways to protect your fillings from breaking. Consider:

  • Having a nightguard made if you grind your teeth at night
  • Wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports
  • Avoiding nail biting, chewing on pencils and other trauma
  • Avoiding chewing ice and very hard foods

If you do need a filling replaced, modern dental fillings can provide both beauty and strength, making a welcome addition to your smile. If you have old, bulky, large metal fillings that have broken down, you can replace them with:

A tooth-colored filling of composite resin; these fillings can be color-matched perfectly to your existing teeth, creating a harmonious look to your smile.
A porcelain crown, if your tooth is badly decayed, or has very little tooth structure remaining; crowns provide armor-like strength because they completely encase the visible parts of your teeth. They can be purely functional   or in the case of porcelain crowns, beautifully indistinguishable from your existing teeth.

If you need a filling replaced, don’t worry. Modern filling options are a great solution to damaged or decayed teeth. For more information on dental fillings and other services, call Dr. Rodriguez-Martin at Brilliant Smiles Dental in Delray Beach, FL. Call today!

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