How many people do you know who’ve cracked a tooth. Would you believe that most of them could have been prevented?
Why Does A Tooth Break?
Before a tooth breaks, it generally cracks. It cracks because the tooth is weak. A tooth becomes weakened after having a large filling placed. A filling doesn’t strengthen a tooth, it simply fills up the hole. If the filling is large, then the tooth is weak. The weak tooth can’t hold up to the chewing pressure, so eventually it cracks then breaks. Sometimes the crack will go deep into the tooth’s nerve. If this happens it will infect the nerve and you’ll need a root canal too.
How Can I Prevent This?
Do everything you can to keep from getting large fillings. This means great brushing and flossing. Most adult cavities don’t occur in “new” places. They usually occur around old fillings. It’s a benefit to upgrade from old silver/mercury type fillings to a tooth-colored filling.
Are You Ready For a Filling Upgrade?
If you have old fillings, chances are they are leaking, and possibly forming a cavity and is time to replace them. Please call (912) 234-8282 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Savannah, GA.