Caring for Your Smile after a Filling
If you have recently had any type of dentistry, chances are that you will want to take care of it in the best way possible. After all, quality dentistry is an investment in YOU and the future of your smile.
The dental fillings we provide in our Layton, UT dental office are made of a durable, esthetic material, called composite. Composite does not have a waiting period for you to be able to chew. We cure your filling to its maximum hardness right in the dental chair.
There are a couple of things to consider, however, after you have a dental filling to get the most out of your investment.
Fillings Are Strong – But Not Indestructible
Just like your natural teeth, your fillings should be treated with care. Avoiding biting into excessively hard substances is important. Olive pits, bones, hard nuts, and ice cubes can all damage your restoration or even crack a tooth. Even if something says it is boneless or pitted, use caution when chewing because preparation and processing is not an exact science.
Your Tooth Can Still Acquire Decay
Even if you have a filling, your tooth can still become decayed in a different location or even around your filling, which is called secondary decay. Taking care of your teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and using fluoride toothpaste will help prevent secondary decay from causing another trip to our office.
The Color of Your Restoration Stays the Same
Even if you whiten your teeth, your dental restoration will remain the same color. If you need a filling or bonding on a front tooth, be sure that your natural teeth are the color you want them to be before you begin treatment. We can always replace an older, dark-colored restoration, but it just makes sense to do things right the first time. We offer teeth whitening in our office so that you can achieve the results you want.
For more information about dental fillings, you can always contact our Layton, UT dental office. We welcome questions and look forward to helping you make the best decision possible regarding the future of your smile.