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At Urquiola Dental Center PC in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we offer tooth-colored dental fillings for patients who require a dental restoration, or who have a damaged or old filling. Normally, dental fillings are created to withstand the ongoing pressure of biting and chewing, and with good oral care fillings can last 5-15 years, depending of course, on their composition. However, with time fillings eventually wear down, chip and crack, and even fall out, and require replacing.

What Causes Fillings to Wear Down

Leaks – If a dental filling leaks, you will have oral debris–bacteria and food particles–entering the area beneath the filling. Because you cannot clean this area yourself, the bacteria will create tooth decay by producing acid from feeding on this debris.  This can go on for a while before you notice it, making regular dental checkups vital, as Dr. Nancy Urquiola will be able to spot this problem even before you experience pain which could alert you that something is amiss.

Cracks– Cracks in fillings can arise over time, even from biting down, particularly if the filling is higher than the tooth’s surface. Cracks can also develop around the edges of the filling and can be fixed instead of replaced, depending on the size and depth of the crack. And if you grind your teeth while you sleep you can wear down fillings prematurely.

Lost Filling – If you lose a filling—which can happen if you bite down too hard or perhaps the filling wasn’t strong enough for the tooth it was placed on, or even if the tooth didn’t bond properly during initial placement because saliva entered the cavity during the restoration process–it will need to be replaced.

At Urquiola Dental Center PC, we are pleased to offer our patients tooth-colored dental fillings for your beautiful, healthy smile. So, if it is time for your next dental checkup or if you are experiencing problems with a filling, you can reach our dedicated team in Ann Arbor, Michigan by calling 734-973-7450 today.