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At McConnell and Woolf Family Dentistry in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, we offer white (composite) dental fillings for patients who require a dental restoration, or who have a damaged or old filling. Generally, 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, over time fillings eventually do wear down, chip and crack, and even fall out, and require replacing.

What Causes Fillings to Wear Down

Leaks – If you have a dental filling which leaks, oral debris such as bacteria and food particles will be able to enter 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. Jessica McConnell and Dr. Daniel Woolf will be able to spot this problem even before you experience pain which could alert you that something is amiss.

Cracks – Cracks can develop in your dental 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 Fillings – you can actually lose a dental filling, for example, suppose you bit down too hard on something, or perhaps the filling wasn’t strong enough originally 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, and if this happens, it will need to be replaced.

At McConnell and Woolf Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer our patients white (composite) 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 Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, by calling 919-762-3239 today.