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Filling the Cracks – Dental Fillings

Filling the Cracks – Dental Fillings
by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

Read Filling the Cracks – Dental Fillings by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. to learn more about Grove Smiles® Dentistry and our Dentistry office in Coconut Grove, FL.

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We brush twice and day and do our best to floss and gargle with antiseptic, but sometimes, despite our best efforts, cavities happen.  And if they do, there are some things you should know about how we treat your

What If It Is A Baby Tooth—Does It Really Need A Filling?

Baby teeth may not seem like they’re around long, but they’re very important for your child’s oral health and development. If tooth decay is allowed to spread, it can cause severe tooth pain for your child. And while a lost tooth at the right time is something to celebrate, prematurely lost baby teeth can cause big problems in your kid’s bite and teeth alignment. We take care of baby teeth with fillings and other restorative work in order to prevent bigger procedures down the road.

Already Have Fillings?

It’s Important To Keep A Watchful Eye On Fillings And Other Dental Restorations.  Once a filling (or other restoration) is placed, it’s really important to keep an eye on it. That’s a big part of your family’s regular checkups.

Here’s why:

* Decay can sneak in around fillings, crowns, and other restorative dental work.
* Sometimes, restorative work gives plaque additional nooks and crannies to hide in.
* Checking for unusual wear, cracks, and chips can save much bigger problems later including more serious problems like gum disease and tooth loss.

What Is The Lifespan of a Filling?

The lifespan of a filling can vary greatly. It can depend on one or several of the following factors:

  • The material used to create the filling. Amalgam, composite, gold?
  • Where the filling is situated in the mouth. Is it under frequent pressure?
  • How the filling is cared for. Consistent, thorough brushing and flossing?
  • Fillings are also more at risk in those who grind their teeth, and people who have a tendency to eat sticky or really hard foods.

Understanding Fillings

For hundreds of years, dental fillings have been used to restore teeth. Dental fillings are placed in teeth where a dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years filling materials have been substantially improved by many technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago, today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration including tooth colored composite filling materials and cementable resins and porcelains.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are made of tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture to match your current tooth color and are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

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Do not hesitate to ask! Dr. Stephen J. Parr and his wonderful team at Grove Smiles Dentistry is here to help with all of your dental questions and needs.

Great Dental Care In Coconut Grove, FL!

“An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure”

When fillings and other dental work in permanent teeth get older and worn, they can be more prone to cracks (or even falling out).

Regular appointments allow us to catch problems before they become emergencies.

So call us at Grove Smiles Dentistry in Coconut Grove, FL to schedule that very important checkup!

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For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S.

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Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S., P.A.
2685 Bird Avenue
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