Tooth-colored Fillings’ Lifespan and Aftercare
At the cosmetic and general dentistry practice of Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., DDS, we are pleased to offer an array of high-quality dental treatments for the entire family, including metal-free, tooth-colored fillings. These durable, aesthetically pleasing fillings provide exceptional reinforcement for damaged teeth while blending seamlessly into any smile, presenting none of the tell-tale signs that a patient has undergone restorative dental work. They offer all of the benefits of traditional amalgam fillings, with absolutely none of the drawbacks, including the mercury.
Aside from providing excellent dental care, Dr. Zarger and his team take pride in educating their patients about their oral health and the treatments they are interested in undergoing. Dr. Zarger takes the time necessary to explain everything that patients need to know about tooth-colored fillings, including their lifespan and aftercare, during consultations at his Knoxville office. The more patients understand about their treatments and their oral health, the better able they are to make informed, confident decisions regarding their dental care.
Are you a good candidate for tooth-colored fillings? Find out by visiting Dr. Zarger and his friendly team today.
How long do tooth-colored fillings last?
There was a time when tooth-colored fillings could not be used in the back teeth because they could not withstand the rigors of chewing like metal could. However, modern tooth-colored fillings are made of a highly durable resin material that can now safely and reliably be used in back teeth and last for years. While no dental filling, tooth-colored, amalgam, or otherwise, can be expected to last for a lifetime, modern tooth-colored fillings can last for up to a decade. With proper care, they may last even longer; some have been known to outlast their amalgam counterparts.
How do you care for tooth-colored fillings?
It should be noted that patients should exercise caution and common sense after being fitted with fillings of any type, including silver amalgam fillings. All fillings are susceptible to cracking, chipping, and becoming dislodged if proper care is not taken by patients after treatment. While Dr. Zarger uses only the finest materials in his dental restorations, the longevity of your tooth-colored fillings will depend heavily on how well you follow these basic guidelines:
- You should brush your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush after every meal, at minimum twice a day.
- Floss every day, and use an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
- Visit our office for professional cleanings and thorough exams at least twice a year, as recommended by the American Dental Association.
- Do not chew on hard objects such as ice, fingernails, and pen caps.
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods, as well as foods that can easily get stuck in your teeth such as popcorn.
- If you grind or clench your teeth, ask us about custom night guard therapy.
- If you smoke, do whatever it takes to quit.
By following these guidelines, you can help to protect not only your tooth-colored filling, but all of your teeth.
Learn More about Tooth-colored Fillings
To learn more about tooth-colored fillings, please contact the dental office of Thomas G. Zarger, Jr., DDS today.