Fillings are going in younger and younger mouths. We are doing more fillings in baby teeth than we have ever done before. The result? Fillings are failing much sooner than they used to! Fillings are not permanent fixtures in your teeth. They should last for a lengthy amount of time, but eventually you will need something else, especially if your fillings are large and amalgam. When that happens, we turn to crowns to correct the issue.
What Causes a Filling to Fail
Each filling is unique and different, so it’s difficult to say what will cause your filling to fail. Generally, the tooth around the filling (especially if it is large) will weaken over time until the filling comes out or the tooth breaks. Maybe you’ve heard of people pulling fillings out while chewing candy or something along those lines. This happens because the filling is no longer secure in the tooth. In some cases, the filling actually begins to leak, which allows bacteria to get deep in your teeth resulting in a root canal.
How a Crown Restores the Tooth
In some cases, with small fillings especially, we can simply replace the failed filling and move on. However, in the case of a large filling that has caused damage to the tooth, we often move towards a dental crown. A crown is a cap that completely covers yours tooth, sealing it from harmful bacteria and restoring the strength and functionality of your tooth. The tooth will need to be prepared for the crown, and the crown made. Once those things are complete, we will place the crown over your tooth, and you probably won’t have to worry about that tooth ever again!
Fillings are fantastic, and they do a lot of great work to save teeth before extensive damage is done. However, there is a limit to what fillings can do. When your filling reaches that limit, it might be time for a crown. We check the health of your fillings are each dental appointment, so contact us today to set up an appointment. We would love to hear from you very soon!