If you have any fillings or crowns it is important to periodically check them for signs of wear. Overtime, fillings and crowns become worn out from normal activities like chewing, but a worn down crown or filling can be a breeding ground for plaque and bacteria build up.
As we have mentioned in our past articles, there are several foods that cause the enamel on your tooth wear down, causing decay. If your tooth decays beyond the enamel, creating a hole in your tooth, then one of our dentists will most likely recommend a dental filling.
At Signature Smile General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we use a tooth-colored resin for our fillings. Our doctors remove the excess decay from your tooth and replace it with the resin material to maintain the shape and integrity of the tooth. Some dentist offer amalgam fillings which contain slight traces of mercury, but we at Signature Smile do not offer this option to our patients.
If your tooth decay is more severe, our dentists will recommend a getting a crown instead. After the decay is removed, the crown acts as a cap, covering the decayed part of your tooth so that it can be used without any pain. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, zirconia, or porcelain with metal.
Whether you have a filling or a crown, it is important to check their condition when you brush and floss your teeth. If you are sticking to the recommended dental regiment of brushing twice a day and flossing, then you will able to avoid plaque build up. If you have any other questions, call us today to set up a consultation with one of our Brooklyn Heights dentists, Dr. Evelina Tolchinsky DDS or Dr. Inna Trogan DDS.