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Fillings are material used to fill area where decay was cleaned out. For early detection, we use Soprolife as an additional diagnostic tool, for several years and have found it to be more accurate than relying only on explorer and x-rays. It has allowed us to save more precious tooth structure by early detection. Since the year 2000 we have used only resin tooth-colored fillings (no metal). They are very strong and actually bond to the tooth and strengthen the tooth, whereas metal fillings simply fill a hole. We have seen a decrease in tooth fractures and less need for crowns with our technique of bonding resin fillings to the tooth. Technique and quality of materials are most important for those desiring long-term solutions. In our experience we see our fillings still in good condition even at 15 years old in a safe environment. Any filling is at risk of early replacement when teeth are exposed to acids from soft drinks, food and plaque staying on the teeth, dry mouth, or bite forces from grinding or clinching. It is important to follow our instructions to ensure longevity of all your new restorations.
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