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WEAR VALUE (Longevity) OF DIFFERENT FILLING MATERIALS

     Professional dental oral maintence plus home care can greatly influence the lifespan of restorations.  It is important to established a good oral home care program before restoring teeth.  Without good gum tissue health and good dental home care problems with your restorations will eventually develop.  You are the most important feature in the success of and longevity of the "work" done in your mouth.
Material Used Range of Years Adjusted Average Wear 
Amalgam (Silver filling) 5-25 11
(White Filling)-Composite Resin on front teeth 3-10 6
(White Filling)-Composite Resin on back teeth 3-9 5
Glass Ionomer 3-5 4
Gold Foil 10-25 17*
Cast high-noble crown 10-25 17*
Porcelain-fused-to metal crown 12-25 18*
Implant 5-10 years 98-99% success rate  placed in mandible96-97 Success rate placed in maxilla***
     

(courtesy of General Dentistry Volume 48, Number 4 July-August 2000)

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*As you can see gold and porcelain fused to gold crowns having long lasting wear value.

Restored teeth are not problem-free for life. Don't let a false sense of security or an absence of symptoms keep you from having:

bulletRegular dental exams
bullet maintaining good dental health through:
bullet  brushing with fluoride toothpaste
bullet  flossing 
bullet mouthrinse at night with a fluoride rinse
bulletcutting back on sugar
bulletchewing sugar-free gum three to five times a day 
bulletapplying fissure sealants (liquid plastic painted on teeth) to protect teeth without cavities 
bulletprescribing chlorhexidine rinses to kill bacteria

Preventive action website article about how you can avoid fillings .

***Prof. Schillingburg IDF 10/04

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