Have you ever had a tooth that started bothering you for no good reason? Why would it start as a little pain, then progress to a nagging ache? What could it be?

How about a dental restoration that’s run-its-course. The implication is that it’s “old” and could have exceeded it’s effectiveness.

You’ll notice a few clues that a replacing your dental restoration is necessary to prevent additional dental issues.

The upside and what it means to your dental health

A dental check-up including a thorough examination is the place to begin. This under-the-hood maintenance check can spot what might already be somewhat obvious to you.

A toothache, teeth sensitivity, infection, and tooth decay are reasons for an examination. Any teeth that have an “old” restoration will be included.

Dental restorations are designed for durability. But over time they can weaken and lose their protective capability.

A restoration you’ve had for many years fits that category. Perhaps it was crafted from materials that are inferior to today’s new restorative materials. Or it has simply failed and now requires full replacement.

Adding years to your treatment

Placement skill and craftsmanship are important factors for long-lasting dental restorations. Even so, a replacement can be necessary to restore your tooth function and smile to a higher standard.

These days, your natural tooth color sets the standard for cosmetic dental restorations. Tooth-colored dental crowns and dental fillings are designed to blend and match your surrounding teeth.

You can improve the appeal of your smile by replacing “old” restorations. Any signs of wear should be diagnosed and evaluated for a replacement.

Until then keep an eye on your current and “older” restorations. Contact our Washington D.C. or McLean dental office if you notice wear, have painful symptoms, or if you’re interested in replacing a restoration with a new, more attractive alternative.