When tooth decay or physical trauma cause problems for a tooth, a permanent restoration can be necessary to preserving your smile and dental health. If you received a dental crown or dental filling after past treatment, but feel that your restoration is no longer providing the right support, it may be time to discuss a replacement. Both are meant to be a permanent solution to an oral health problem, but – like with your teeth – problems can negatively affect them, and demand attention from a dental expert. Our Dallas, TX dentist’s office is prepared to take care of an older restoration, and make sure that you have a replacement that protects your oral health while also restoring your smile.

A Restoration Is Meant To Provide Permanent Support For A Tooth

A restoration is a long-term answer for a problem like tooth decay, or a physical injury that affects your oral health. A tooth that has been fitted with a crown or supported with a filling should have no trouble providing the basic biting and chewing functions a healthy tooth would provide. Unfortunately, over time some restorations can begin to lose their shape and offer less support. This can be a problem for older metal fillings, which tend to be more reactive to different temperature extremes. Those changes in size can affect the filling’s stability, or even cause problems for your tooth.

Modern Restorations Can Be Attractive And Durable

If you have an older restoration that concerns you, a replacement can be good for both your appearance and oral health. We use composite resin fillings that bond directly to a person’s tooth structure, providing remarkable support over time. For teeth that need more protection, we can use a lifelike dental crown made from porcelain or zirconia to make sure you feel confident in the way you look.

Stay Informed About Your Oral Health Issues At Regular Dental Exams

Every time you come in for a routine dental checkup, your dentist can check on past restorative dental work to see if there are any problems. If a crown or filling starts to loosen, becomes painful, or shows signs of wear and tear, your dentist can assess the threat and make a recommendation to you for treatment. Of course, these visits also benefit you because they help you avoid future problems that might require new restorations!

Talk To Columbia Dental And Orthodontics About Replacing An Older Restoration

At Columbia Dental And Orthodontics in Dallas, TX, patients who have concerns about older fillings or crowns can talk with us about the potential need for a replacement! For individuals who come to us for restorative work, we provide attractive and durable fillings and crowns that can have both functional and cosmetic value. For more details,  schedule an appointment at Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000.