Old dental restorations don’t just look bad. According to Dr. Ivan Smiles, old dental restorations can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
How Do Old Restorations Cause Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
Cracked or chipped fillings allow food particles to work their way under the filling. If you have old silver amalgam fillings, chances are you have cavities under the restoration. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know unless you experience pain, which not everyone does.
If you have bridgework or wear dentures, it is imperative that you pay close attention to oral hygiene. Brush twice, floss once a day to keep your mouth clean, and don’t forget to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Smiles for a complete checkup. You may think your 15-year-old bridge is still doing its job, but if your partner is complaining about your chronic bad breath, it’s time for a dental restoration checkup.
The Advantage of New Dental Restorations
During your comprehensive dental examination, Dr. Ivan will check your teeth and gums paying close attention to your fillings, dental crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental implants. If there is damage, Dr. Valcarenghi will recommend new restorations with modern materials that last much longer than dental restorations made a decade or two ago.
These days you have more choices when it comes to dental restorations. Silver amalgam is being replaced with tooth colored dental resin and composites that are just as strong as old school dental fillings.
Your Overall Health
According to the American Dental Association, there is a connection between oral and overall health. Scientists believe it has to do with bacteria entering the bloodstream. This occurs if you have cracked or chipped teeth or gum disease.
If you haven’t had your dental restorations checked in some time, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Smiles today.