Here’s another topic I’ve written about before and will bring back again today: Dental restorations such as crowns, fillings and bridge can fail over time.
We like to believe that some things in life are for life. When a repair is completed on a tooth, then some tend to believe that the repair should last forever. Well, without care even the tooth can be destroyed early and any restorations in your mouth can and do need maintenance or replacement over time. Restorations are usually defined as fillings, crowns, bridges, etc.
When you go for a check-up with your dentist, you may be presented with the news that a crown, filling or other such restoration in your mouth may be coming to an end of its service life. So, yes, please remember that dental restorations do have a service life and it is very important to stay ahead of the game and not wait until a very serious complication arises.
A few preventative dollars today can save a much larger expense in the future.
It’s easy to spot a problem with one of the so-called “failing restorations.” The filling of a cavity might be loose or part of it missing and, of course the big one, pain. However, even if an older filling isn’t chipped or suffering other obvious damage, your dentist can tell if it is at the point where it will allow food to be trapped despite diligent brushing and therefore can lead to gum disease. Much worse in the long run is that decay can begin beneath the restoration and lead to much more invasive restoration work.
So, the lesson here is to listen to the expert – if your dentist says it’s time to replace something, then you should take heed. Worse news will be on the horizon than a dental visit and a few dollars today.