Restorative dentistry is something that many people end up needing at some point. A cavity does not indicate that you do not take care of your teeth. Sometimes the acidic environment of the mouth simply makes it easier for bacteria to weaken enamel. People who grind their teeth or clench their jaw (usually unbeknownst to themselves) may also experience enamel damage. Instances such as these are usually repaired with a filling or a dental crown.
The Lifespan of the Average Restoration
When you visit your dentist in Huntington Beach for tooth repair, the best thing you can do is ask questions. There are several options available in the materials we use to fabricate lifelike dental crowns, and not all are created equal. Long ago, gold was the primary material used for restoring teeth. Today, this choice is not revered for its aesthetic value. However, gold crowns often last decades, whereas the standard resin, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crown typically lasts 10 to 15 years.
Fillings are similar to most metal and non-metal crowns in terms of longevity, according to research. However, the wide range of potential can leave you wondering which type of filling - amalgam or composite - is the best choice. Here are some prime differences, and good indicators that composite fillings may be a good way to go:
- Amalgam contains metal. Metal grows larger when it becomes hot. It contracts when it is cooled. So, the metal in your filling will expand and contract when you chew as a result of friction. Over time, that movement could allow small cracks in the margins of the restoration.
- Composite resin, a mix of quartz and plastic, does not expand and contract nearly as strongly as metal. Also, the way that composite fillings are placed differs from amalgams, further strengthening their foundational structure.
To know if a crown or filling needs to be replaced, schedule a visit with your dentist in Huntington Beach. A routine exam and observation of x-ray images will allow us to fully assess the structural integrity of each of your existing restorations. Call (714) 848-4247.
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