Do Dental Fillings Last Forever?

You May Be Surprised To Learn that dental fillings don’t last forever! While they are extremely durable and can last years, there will come a time when they will have to be replaced.

We Check Your Fillings At Your Regular Visits

You may be wondering, “If fillings don’t last a lifetime, then how long DO they last?” That depends on a number of factors, such as the type of procedure performed, the size or area being treated or replaced, the kind of materials used for the filling and the patient’s level of oral hygiene and care.

At your six-month appointment, we will check your fillings and make sure they are still intact. We will look for early signs of wear and tear so we can replace a dental restoration before it breaks, loses its effectiveness or falls out on its own. We also take x-rays to make sure there is no decay under or around a filling, which can cause it to come loose.

We’re Here For You In An Emergency

Despite your best efforts, a filling may crack or fall out unexpectedly. This is unlikely to occur if you visit your dentist regularly, however accidents can happen. Over time, dental fillings can be weakened by:

  • Tooth decay
  • Frequent jaw clenching and teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Chewing on hard items or foods
  • Injury or trauma, such as those sustained during sports activities
  • Time; no filling lasts forever no matter how well kept

Although the following video discusses tooth loss, the same principals apply for a lost filling!

If you ever have a filling fall out just remember, don’t panic and don’t wait. Even if it falls out after hours, call us immediately–we’re here for you in an emergency! We will get you in as quickly as we can. In the meantime, keep your filling if you can but don’t try to push it back into place. Make sure to keep the affected area clean and debris-free.

If you don’t experience any pain after losing a filling, it’s still important to come in as soon as possible to have it treated. Not seeking immediate care could result in pain, discomfort and even tooth loss.

Call Us Anytime, Day Or Night

Regular dental visits are imperative to maintaining a healthy smile. With that being said, we know not every dental emergency happens during normal business hours. That’s why we strive to make ourselves available to our patients as often as possible. If you need us, call us! Your health and comfort is our number one priority.

Thank you for reading our blog and supporting our practice!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Top image by Flickr user Vladimir Pustovit used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

TLC Dental Care Community Project for the Dog Days of Summer!

Are You Ready To Soak The Doc?

We like to have fun in our practice, and with your help we’re going to help Dr. Terrie Cribbs beat the summer heat!

From now until September 15th, when you come to our office, you’ll have a chance to help us “Fill the Bucket” and SOAK THE DOC!  We didn’t want to make this just about keeping Dr. Cribbs cool, so we wanted to get involved in a community project.  Because it’s the Dog Days of Summer we decided to help out the Young Williams Animal Center with donations, and figured out a fun way for you to participate as well.  For every SOAK THE DOC selfie that we get posted and tagged on our Facebook page we will make a donation of $3 to the Young Williams Animal Center.  

During your next visit, not only will you get to add a drop to the bucket to soak the doc, you will be helping the animals beat the heat too!

How Can YOU Help?

Step 1: Come to TLC Dental Care and take a selfie or picture with a one of our fun social signs and put a sticker on the campaign poster, adding a drop to the bucket.
Step 2: Post the photo to your Facebook page, tag our location and include our hashtag  #CribbsDentalCares
Step 3: Share with your animal loving friends!

You will feel great knowing that a $3 donation has now been made on your behalf to the Young Williams Animal Center and that Dr. Cribbs is much closer to getting soaked!

Not on Facebook? But still want to participate? No problem, Dr. Cribbs will add $3 dollars to any donation you make.

Not able to come by the office before September 15th but, still want to participate? Again, no problem! Just take a selfie with your gorgeous smile and your adorable pet and post it to our page, tag our location and use our hashtag #CribbsDentalCares.  Don’t have a pet? Borrow the neighbors, get out your favorite stuffed animal, just be inventive and have fun.  

Bonus! Share Your Photo and Dr. Cribbs will increase the donation to $5!

Visit our Facebook page for more information and updates!

TLC Dental Care will donate and/or match up to $1,000 total contribution.

Know The Risks Of Oral Piercings

THERE ARE MANY FORMS of self-expression, art, writing, fashion, even body piercing. When it comes to oral piercings, however–such as lip, labret, cheek and tongue piercings–it’s important to know all the risks involved.

Know The Risks Before You Pierce

Piercing anywhere near the mouth is very different than simply piercing an earlobe. The oral cavity is home to an abundance of bacteria as well as an intricate system of nerves and blood vessels. Because of this, there are a number of health-related risks associated with oral piercings. Some of these include:

Bacterial infection. The mouth hosts vast amounts of bacteria and is thus easily infected. If the piercing is not done with sterile tools or if the wound is not properly taken care of, bacterial infections–and even secondary infections like hepatitis and herpes simplex virus–can develop.

Damage to teeth and gums. Contact between teeth and jewelry leads to tooth enamel erosion and oftentimes cracked or chipped teeth. Irreversible gum recession is also a common side effect of oral piercings, which can lead to tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss.

Difficulty with speech, swallowing, chewing and tasting. Oral piercings can cause an increase in saliva production, sometimes making speech difficult. Tongue piercings have been known to swell, too, potentially hindering normal function and blocking the airway. Oral piercings have also been known to alter taste.

Allergic reaction. Allergic reactions to the metal in the jewelry are possible, especially if surgical-grade stainless steel isn’t used.

Nerve damage or prolonged bleeding. This mostly occurs with tongue piercings. Because the tongue is a muscle, it contains a lot of nerves and blood vessels, including arteries. Movement problems, or numbness and loss of sensation at the site of the piercing can occur if nerves are damaged. If a blood vessel is punctured, bleeding can be severe and hard to control.

Gum disease. Oral piercings put the wearer at greater risk for periodontal, or gum disease. Gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss, and some studies have associated gum disease with other health conditions like diabetes and stroke.

If You Choose Oral Piercings, Do It The Right Way

After understanding the risks, if you still decide to get an oral piercing make sure the procedure is performed by a trained professional who uses sterile instruments. Consult with your dentist before getting an oral piercing to learn proper aftercare and maintenance that will help you reduce your risk of infection or complication.

Your health matters to us. If you have any questions concerning this post or an existing oral piercing, call us today. We’re always happy to hear from our awesome patients!

Top image by Flickr user cerosunos used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

TLC Dental Care Announces VIP Celebration for July – We’re Celebrating YOU!

As a patient of TLC Dental Care, we want you to know how important you are to us!  So, during the month of July 2016, we will be celebrating YOU with our VIP CELEBRATION (Very Important Patient). You have done so much to support our practice that we want to say THANK YOU and give you a chance to win a great prize.

Here are the details:

VIP Appreciation Gift – Dinner at Aubrey’s Restaurant and a Movie at Regal Cinemas for 2! This gift is valued at over $100.

As a patient of TLC Dental Care you are eligible to enter for the prize by doing the following things:

First – to enter, you will need to come to the office during business hours and fill out an entry form. Note: All entries must be done in person at TLC Dental Care.

Second –  While you are there, we hope you will join in with our celebration by letting your family and friends know how much we appreciate YOU by letting us share our thanks on your social media sites!

Third – Spread the word about the VIP Celebration.  Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to enter to win our Appreciation Gift.

Fourth – Watch us make our LIVE announcement of the TLC Dental Care VIP Celebration Winner on Friday, July 29, 2016, at 4:00 pm on our Facebook page!

Thank you for being our VIP!  You and your smile mean the world to us!

Is There a Certain Toothbrush I Should Use?

I am asked about toothbrushes and tooth brushing a lot.  Some folks worry that they are not using the right brush or not brushing correctly.  So here are my thoughts on the matter.

Brushing for the right length of time is the most important thing.

When it comes to tooth brushing there’s some factors to take into account but, how long you brush is king. Absolutely number one.  A pretty extensive study was done and it gave us everything we really needed to know about effective tooth brushing.  They signed up a lot of people and gave them all kinds of different brands and types of toothbrushes including manual and powered brushes.

Then they gave them different ways to brush, and believe me, there are a lot of methods for brushing. I was a hygienist before I became a dentist and I had an entire class on brushing methods.

Lastly, these folks were put into different groups and asked to brush for varying lengths of time: 30 seconds, 1 minute, 1.5 minutes and so on, up to 5 minutes – can you imagine?  Then they recorded how much plaque was removed from the teeth.

The study showed that if you brushed for 2 minutes you removed 85% of plaque from the teeth.  No matter what type of brush or method of brushing used.  If you brushed less you removed less plaque. If you brushed longer, you still only got 85% of the plaque.  So 2 minutes was the magic number.  This is why, if you get a powered toothbrush with a timer, it’ll be a 2-minute timer.

Now you might be wondering about the other 15% of plaque left on your teeth.  Well that requires another tool that would go in between the teeth and under the gums, like floss, toothpicks or a Water Pik.  But that discussion is for another post.

Are you being effective with your brushing? I challenge you to brush your teeth and time yourself. I can almost guarantee that it isn’t for 2 minutes. I used to recommend listening to the radio for one song, or getting an egg timer but if you have a smart phone check out all the brushing timers out there.  A lot of them are for kids but my favorite is Brush DJ which plays songs from the music on your phone.

So, now you have your dental goal for the next week and here’s to your dental health.

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