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New Research Could Lead to Even Stronger, Longer-Lasting Fillings

May 21, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Travis Buxton
Longer Lasting Fillings | Bangor ME Dentist

In the world of dentistry, things are always evolving! Composite resin fillings replaced metal amalgam fillings offering better durability and aesthetics. Yet, composite fillings still only last for seven to ten years. It seems however, that we're on the cusp of improving composite resin to make it more durable than ever before. Here's the scoop from your general dentist in Buxton.

How Does a Filling Work?

When decay destroys your enamel, it works its way further into your tooth. At this point your dentist will need to clean it out, which then leaves a hole to be filled called a cavity. Composite resin is the material of choice to fill a cavity because it's pliable, easy to work with, and can be customized to match your teeth. Composite is bonded directly to your tooth, so it typically experiences less breakdown than metal fillings. It also requires less tooth structure to be removed for placement than metal fillings, which preserves more of your natural tooth.

The Wonders of Pine Tree Bark

It seems that scientists are making progress in their study of how an extract from pine tree bark can actually strengthen your teeth and allow fillings to bond with them more effectively. This could increase the longevity of composite resin fillings to at least a decade, if not longer. Tests are showing that the extract actually strengthens dentin, which is the layer of your tooth that lies beneath your enamel up to ten times. The better the filling is able to bond to your tooth, the less breakdown there is.

Dentistry is always evolving, and we strive to keep ourselves and our patients updated on the latest changes to equipment and techniques that will make their experience at our office more pleasant and efficient. We'll share information as we learn it, and you'll always notice new equipment being added to our office to improve your treatment procedures. Contact our office if you have questions, to learn more, or to schedule your next appointment.

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