• Replacing Old Metal Fillings and Crowns

    The purpose of dental fillings and crowns is to restore structure that has been lost as a result of tooth decay. Fillings and Crowns often last years but eventually need to be replaced. In addition to general wear and tear on the teeth, there are numerous cosmetic reasons why you may like to replace them.

    Bacteria harms teeth, so when a filling has chipped or broken, there are entry points that leave the tooth vulnerable to decay. If bacteria is allowed to enter small gaps, it can cause decay along the edge of a crown or filling. If left untreated, decay can spread to the dental pulp, resulting in a root canal filling or the loss of a tooth.

    Similarly, crowns and bridges can fracture and lead to painful and expensive dental problems. To fix them, our dentists must create new ones that are individual and natural-looking to fit seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.

    Keeping up with your dental appointments is very important because it allows your dental practitioner to identify and deal with any problems before they become more serious. Your dentist will be able to identify any weaknesses in your crown or filling before the problem worsens and before a patient can detect a filling or crown is worn.

    Replacing a crown

    There are many reasons why patients decide to replace their crowns. Cracks and chips are a common reason and a replacement crown will stop any further decay setting in. We often replace crowns for aesthetic reasons as patients look for a cosmetic dental solution to replace unsightly, worn, crowns.

    The edges of crowns can become more prominent over time and may lead to you opting for a complete smile makeover by fitting new natural looking crowns. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth when patients experience and suffer from receding gums, overcrowding, or missing teeth.

    Replacing fillings

    In general, it’s best to replace fillings only when your dentist determines that an old one needs to be changed. This protects the structure of your teeth and prevents them from being damaged.

    If you do want to replace an old metal filling or need to because of chipping or cracking, we have fantastic options available for more natural looking fillings. There are various types of tooth-coloured materials that can be used, and they are mostly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and setting chemicals.

    Book your dental appointment today if you have any concerns about your fillings or crowns, or would like to learn more about how we can help you achieve the perfect smile.