Many people will experience dental wear and tear over time that necessitates professional care by an experienced dentist. In some cases, tooth decay and damage may be corrected with silver amalgam fillings. These types of fillings have been used in dentistry for over a century and can produce lasting results. While they have been the standard treatment for a range of dental issues for years, amalgam fillings tend to be unsightly and can affect a person’s self-confidence. In recent years, patients have opted to replace their silver fillings with composite resin bonding that is made to match their natural teeth. Additionally, this material can be used to correct imperfections on the front teeth for a visually pleasing result.
Things to Consider
Dental bonding needs to be appropriately maintained to prevent staining or recurring decay. Much like natural teeth, dental bonding tends to discolor as a result of diet, lifestyle habits, and aging. Foods like tea, red wine, and tomato sauce can stain or discolor bonding, which can only be corrected with dental bonding replacement. Habits like smoking cigarettes, vaping (electronic cigarette use), and chewing tobacco can also compromise the integrity and appearance of dental bonding. Poor oral hygiene can weaken the tooth structure beneath the resin restoration, which makes it vulnerable to decay and other serious consequences.
Dental Bonding Maintenance
Avoiding certain foods and exercising proper at-home dental care can help preserve the appearance of dental bonding, particularly when they are placed on the front teeth. Most patients are advised to brush twice per day, floss daily, and schedule check-up appointments with their dentist every six months. Other healthy habits are:
- Drinking through a straw
- Rinsing the mouth between meals
- Chewing sugar-free gum after eating
Alternatives to Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can be a great solution for cracked, chipped, discolored, or short teeth. However, it is not the only option patients have for repairing dental damage and cosmetic concerns. At Gentle Care Dentistry, we offer various dental restoration services, including porcelain veneers and crowns.
Because of their versatility and strength, porcelain veneers can be a wise investment for those who qualify and desire a more attractive smile. Porcelain veneers provide stain-resistant and permanent improvement, and they are custom-made at a laboratory to match your teeth for natural-looking results. Patients with damaged, discolored, gapped, or poorly shaped teeth may be good candidates for veneers.
If the necessary extent of correction has progressed beyond what a filling can fix, a crown may be the right choice. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that have become significantly weak due to damage or decay. In addition, they provide support for more complex restorations like bridges and are customized for seamless improvement. Using CEREC® 3D technology, our dentists at Gentle Care Dentistry can create and attach your new crown in just one visit.
If you would like more information about dental services for damaged teeth or to schedule an appointment at Gentle Care Dentistry, please call (575) 524-3722.