Common question we get asked:
Why do I need a filling over a crown or visa versa?
Typically, if less than half of your tooth has been lost due to damage or decay, we recommend a filling. Although there are other factors that go into deciding which treatment option is best for you, this is a general rule of thumb.
My dentist told me that I need to replace my tooth colored filling. Why?
Because the tooth colored filling is made out of a plastic resin, its natural property is to shrink over time. It is also subjected to normal wear and tear of chewing and grinding, therefore it can be weakened or break down over time. Tooth colored fillings typically last around 7 years. Here’s the why: food and bacteria can
leak down between where your filling and tooth and reek havoc. Because you cannot clean below the filling, no matter how great of a brusher you are, the bacteria feed off of the food that you eat producing acid that eats away at the inside of your tooth – I know, gross, right?! This can happen quickly, so it is important to maintain your recommended professional check-ups and cleanings.