At Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, we supply fillings that are long-lasting and naturally-colored to give patients the smiles they deserve. However, it is possible in some circumstances for fillings to fail prematurely, and scientists have recently released a new study that determines why.
The expected lifespan of a filling is about ten years. But the study found that in smokers and people who heavily drank alcohol, fillings were significantly likelier to fail after just two years. The study also found that filling failure tends to run in families. Scientists speculated about which genes might be responsible for this, but the lesson is that people from families with a history of bad dental health need to be especially attentive to their oral hygiene and to maintaining regular dental check-ups.
Each time our patients see us, we assess the durability of their fillings so they can be removed and replaced before any problems arise. One piece of good news from the study is that white fillings attached with bonding are just as effective as the old amalgam ones made of mercury and silver. This means that patients are sacrificing anything by going with the better-looking option.
Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour operate Southern Cross Dental at 1855 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-2516. To schedule an appointment, call 719-471-1717 or visit Southern Cross Family Dentistry and fill out a contact sheet.