Why are your regular dental check-ups so important?
You may have heard when someone gets a cut that after it heals the scar tissue will be stronger than normal tissue. So, it would fairly logical to think that after a filling or crown is placed on a tooth, that tooth will be stronger. Can a filling or crown get a cavity? The answer is a resounding YES!!!
Regardless of where(or how long ago) dental procedures were preformed, it is quite important to have your Federal Way dentist, Dr. Josephine Lee, keep an eye on them. That is a VERY big part of your regular checkups.
- Decay can sneak in around fillings, crowns, and other restorative dental work.
- Sometimes, restorative work gives plaque additional nooks and crannies to hide in.
- Typically, the lifespan of fillings is shorter than the lifespan of your tooth.
- Checking for unusual wear, cracks, and chips can save much bigger problems later including more serious problems like gum disease and tooth loss.
- The material used for the filling~amalgam, composite, gold?
- Where the filling is situated in your mouth~under frequent pressure? Rarely used for chewing?
- How the filling is cared for by the patient~consistent, thorough brushing AND flossing
- Is the patient a “clencher” or “grinder”?~people who grind their teeth are harder on their dental work
- The nature of the host tooth~Is the filling a small portion of the tooth? A larger portion?
- Does the patient frequently eat hard, sticky foods and/or candies?