October 1, 2018
It’s unfortunate that up until recent years, anyone who needed a dental filling to treat tooth decay or a cavity had no choice but a dark metal filling to preserve oral health at the risk of a lasting darkness that lurked in their smiles long after.
Our team at Oregon Smile Care Center wants you to know about our tooth-colored fillings, a modern alternative that serves both restorative and cosmetic purposes!
Back in the day, the only solution for a decayed tooth was a metal filling. While these are just as effective as they once were in protecting teeth from future decay and cavities, it often meant you had to deal with the cosmetic consequences of keeping your smile healthy.
When you open your mouth to speak, to yawn, to laugh, or to sing, there would’ve been no hiding the ghosts of past dental problems.
But now, you have another option!
Dr. Hanson can use tooth-colored fillings instead. That way you not only have the peace of mind that your mouth stays healthy, but you have the cosmetic benefit of a restorative solution that blends in seamlessly with your other teeth!
This is a decision you don’t really have to make if you visit the dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and exams. Routine appointments like this are what helps your dentist catch tooth decay and cavities before they get out of control.
But that’s not to suggest that dental problems don’t arise in between visits, which is why we’re listing a few common ways to know it’s time to think about replacing your old fillings.
Here are signs your metal filling is in distress:
*It’s chipped or cracked.
*It appears to be separating from the tooth.
*It feels loose.
*It’s worn in places.
*It’s broken or has fallen out.
None of these problems are out of the ordinary for dental fillings. After all, they’re not made to last forever. But if you notice any of these characteristics, it means that your tooth could be at risk for exposure to harmful bacteria. If you can’t see them with the naked eye, you might feel some tooth sensitivity, which is a common red flag that your filling is damaged, worn, or failing.
There are even times when replacing a dark metal filling isn’t about functionality or pain at all.
It might just be a cosmetic issue, especially if it can be seen when you smile, laugh, or speak. This is just as legitimate a concern as function, and you can discuss with Dr. Hanson whether a new tooth-colored fillings would benefit your oral health and your smile’s appearance.
Don’t be haunted by your old dental work that still lurks in your smile!
Exorcise those dental demons with tooth-colored fillings at Oregon Smile Care Center!