If you are like most people in this country, you have at least one dental filling. You can probably expect that filling to last for up to 10 years before it might start to fail by falling out or cracking. This means another trip to the dentist to either replace the filling or replace it with a dental crown, depending on how much of your original tooth structure is left.
But there is good news on the horizon. According to recent studies, scientists believe that an extract from the bark of pine trees might be able to make fillings up to 10 times stronger. What does this mean for fillings? They could last a full decade longer than before—meaning less time in the dental chair for those suffering from dental caries.
Although this incredible breakthrough hasn’t reached your Amherst, NH dentist yet, it’s something to watch for in the future as dental technology continues to make it easier to enjoy good oral health.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Until these predicted super-fillings are available in the mainstream, it’s best to ensure the cavities you do have stay small and easy to fill. The best way to do this is to make sure you see your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. This enables your dentist to spot decay earlier rather than later; it also provides the opportunity to check the integrity of the fillings already in your mouth. If it appears a filling is cracking or otherwise compromised, you can have it replaced before it falls out and creates a dental emergency.
Call Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards to Make an Appointment
Has it been a while since your last dental appointment? Are you looking for a dentist who can treat your entire family in Amherst, NH? Just give us a call. We welcome new patients, and we look forward to seeing you smile.