Study Examines Reasons Dental Fillings Might Fail

A paper published in Frontiers in Medicine looked into composite and amalgam fillings along with a few of the factors which could lead them to fail.

Among the factors examined were sex, age, smoking, drinking alcohol, diabetes, periodontal health, and genes. The records of 4,856 patients from 5 years were included for the research project.

Below are a few of their findings.

Both filling types performed similarly, with composite fillings showing slightly more durability

Amalgam fillings are the traditional silver tooth fillings that have been used for more than one hundred and fifty years, while composite fillings are the modern, tooth-colored fillings. In the duration of their look into dental fillings, the researchers found that the rate of failure for composite and amalgam filings were about the same, with composite fillings performing just a little better. 

Fillings have a greater chance of failing for people who drink alcohol and men who smoke 

Drinking and smoking showed the most prominent link with the failing of dental fillings of the lifestyle choices looked at. After having dental fillings for 2 years, the failure rate was greatest in patients who were regular drinkers and in men who were smokers.

A person’s genetics may play a role in failed fillings

The study examined a gene for an enzyme that is found in teeth named MMP2 (matrix metalloproteinase). Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP2) can impair the bond between a filling and tooth, according to them. An individual’s genetic makeup may, in the future, play a larger role in dentistry, they suggested. One of the researchers, Alexandre Vieira, said: “…genetic information may be used to personalize dental treatments and enhance treatment outcomes.”

The outcome of the study further enforces the idea that composite fillings should be seen as a good change from the older amalgam fillings. Dental patients might like to consider the correlation between lifestyle and dental filling failure, too.

If you haven’t had your dental fillings looked at recently, consider booking your next appointment with Dr. Aerni now.

When Should I See the Dentist?

Most of you probably visit the dentist every six months for your cleanings and exams. But cleanings and exams are not the only time you should see the dentist.

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Most of you probably visit the dentist every six months for your cleanings and exams. But cleanings and examinations are not the only time you should see the dentist. If you notice any of the following issues, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.

Dry Mouth
Saliva is our bodies natural cavity fighter, and if you suffer from dry mouth, you’re at an increased risk of developing cavities. If your mouth feels dry, be sure to contact your dentist to discuss what may be causing this issue.

Pain or Sensitivity
Pain or sensitivity should not be ignored. These feelings may be a sign of dental health issues. The earlier you can treat them, the more manageable they are.

Recent Restorations?
Common dental restorations such as crowns, fillings or dentures should be monitored to make sure there are no issues.

Gum Issues
Gums that bleed, are inflamed, or bright red should be checked out by your dentist. Even individuals that have a family history of gum disease can benefit from frequent visits to monitor their gums.

If something doesn’t seem right
Besides the above issues, if you ever feel like something is not right, you should contact your dentist. It is much better to be safe and let your dentist check for any issues rather than just ignoring them.

If you would like to read more reasons why you should see the dentist, this article is a good reference.

If you are due for a cleaning or notice any dental issues, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.