Tooth-colored composite dental fillings are prized for their natural-looking appearance and because they are a strong and durable restoration that can last between seven and ten years. However, researchers in the field are always on the lookout for ways to improve dental materials to make them even more durable.
The Future of Dental Fillings
A new study published by Scientific Reports says that a team of researchers at Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry have developed a material for dental fillings that’s twice as resistant to breakage as those used today. It turns out that the additive thiourethane that strengthens these fillings is also used for protective coatings for car bumpers!
And since one of the reasons composite fillings fail is secondary decay that results from gaps between the filling and the filling and the tooth, the OHSU researchers also developed an adhesive that's 30 percent stronger after six months than that used today.
What More Durable Fillings Mean to You
It may be a while before you see these dental fillings at your Tucson, AZ dentist's office, but the potential exists to make your restorations last longer than ever before. The obvious benefit is that longer-lasting fillings will save you money and the hassle of having them replaced periodically.
But it’s also good news for you because every time your dentist needs to replace a filling, the tooth under the restoration becomes a little weaker. What started as a small cavity ten years ago may eventually require more extensive treatment, such as a root canal, to fix.
Experience the Best That Modern Dentistry Has to Offer in East Tucson
Dr. Michael Allen is committed to practicing high-quality dentistry by staying on the forefront of emerging trends in dentistry. Using the most advanced materials available today, he provides you with first-rate care that results in a healthier smile and long-term positive outcomes.
If you would like to learn more about how dental fillings in Tucson, AZ can benefit you, please call Sabino Hills Family Dentistry to arrange an appointment with Dr. Allen.