In the world of dentistry, there are two things which you may end up having – cavities or dental fillings. Of course, the treatment for cavities is the simple drill and fill procedure but while this procedure may be capable of keeping cavities from developing into deeper and darker versions of their selves, it isn’t at all permanent. In the instance that your dental filling falls off, then Dr. Benassi would have to replace the filling. But before you hysterically head to his office to find out if you need your dental filling replaced, read below for the instances that your dental filling could fall off:

Treated tooth with large cavities.

While a tooth which has already been treated looks new, it’s not entirely new. For this reason, you need to be very careful when it comes to biting down using a tooth that has already been treated for a huge cavity. This is because that tooth has a huge risk of cracking and the filling breaking and falling off. The risk for a dental filling falling off is higher if the cavity which has been treated is rather large since a huge cavity would affect the architecture and structure of the tooth more considerably compared to small cavities.

Unsuitable dental filling used.

Whenever you bite or chew, your teeth will receive biting forces but the amount of the force is not uniform for each tooth. For instance, whenever you eat, the back molars are receiving more of the generated forces compared to the front teeth. For this reason, the dental filling procedure which is to be used for the back molars should be more durable compared to the dental filling used on front teeth. Using composite resin on your molars may only lead to them cracking on the long run while the use of metallic dental fillings such as gold is ideal.

Contamination with saliva.

The reason for why your dentist is very particular with saliva being mixed with the composite resin material during the dental filling procedure is because saliva lessens the effectiveness of the dental filling with regards to its ability to bind with the tooth. This is why your dentist goes to such lengths to keep your teeth dry. However, if saliva does manage to mix with the dental filling, then expect your dental filling to not stay on for a prolonged period of time.

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