Welcome to Couture Smiles Dental Group in Woodland Hills, California, where we offer metal-free dental fillings for patients who need to have a cavity filled, or a dental restoration done on a damaged or old filling. Typically, dental fillings are created to withstand the pressure of biting and chewing, and with good oral care they can last anywhere from 5-15 years. But with time fillings eventually wear down, and can chip and crack, or fall out, requiring replacement.
What Causes Fillings to Wear Down
If a dental filling cracks or leaks, you will have oral debris–bacteria and food particles–entering the area beneath the filling. Because you cannot clean this area, bacteria will cause decay by producing acid. This can go on for a while before you notice it, which is why regular dental checkups are important, as Drs. Terteryan, Gordon, Fahid, and Dimitrakopoulos will be able to spot the problem even before you experience any pain alerting you that something is amiss.
Cracks in fillings can develop over time, even from biting down, most notably if the filling is higher than the tooth’s surface. Cracks can also develop around the edges of 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.
If you lose a filling—which can happen if you bite down too hard on something, or perhaps the filling wasn’t strong enough for the tooth it was placed on, or even if the tooth didn’t bond properly during initial placement because saliva entered the cavity during the restoration process–it will need replacing.
At Couture Smiles Dental Group, we are pleased to offer our patients mercury-free composite fillings for your healthy smile. If it is time for your next dental checkup or if you are experiencing problems with a filling, you can reach our dedicated team in Woodland Hills, California, by calling (818) 716.7966 today.