Tooth-colored fillings offer a cosmetically appealing solution to treating tooth decay and restoring dental strength, health, and appearance. Like all dental restorations, tooth-colored fillings have a lifespan. As with all dental restorations, the lifespan of tooth-colored dental fillings largely depends on patient aftercare. General dentistry treatments can help keep your smile healthy and prolong the life of your tooth-colored fillings. Charleston area patients can prolong the lifespan of their tooth-colored fillings with these aftercare tips from cosmetic dentist John Rink.
Tooth-colored dental fillings are made of either composite resin or porcelain and are customized to match the surrounding tooth for a seamless look. Tooth-colored fillings are extremely durable and can last well over 10 years. Though tooth-colored fillings are durable, their lifespan can be shortened or lengthened depending on aftercare. Oral health issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and dental fractures can develop if the teeth are not well cared for, even in teeth with tooth-colored fillings. Such issues require tooth-colored fillings to be replaced early. Practicing proper aftercare can help keep your tooth-colored fillings looking and functioning their best for years to come.
Teeth treated with tooth-colored fillings don't require more care than healthy teeth. Properly caring for teeth treated with tooth-colored fillings includes following good oral hygiene habits. You can help prolong the life of your tooth-colored fillings, and keep your smile healthy, by following these aftercare tips.
A healthy smile begins with practicing proper oral care at home, but also requires professional dental attention. Keep your smile healthy. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rink.