Medigy: Dental Restoration Failure
Dental restoration failure refers to the breakdown or malfunction of a dental restoration, such as a filling, crown, or bridge. Causes of failure can include poor preparation of the tooth, poor quality of the restoration material, improper placement of the restoration, and poor oral hygiene by the patient. Symptoms of failure may include pain, sensitivity, and visible damage to the restoration.
The most common types of dental restoration failure include:
Decay under the restoration: When the tooth underneath the restoration has new decay that wasn’t present at the time of placement.
Fractured restoration: When the restoration itself cracks or breaks.
Leakage: When the restoration no longer seals the tooth, allowing bacteria and decay to occur.
Allergic reactions: When the patient has an allergic reaction to the material used in the restoration.
Treatment options for failed dental restorations include repair, replacement, or re-treatment of the affected tooth. In the case of a simple repair, the dentist will remove the decay and repair the restoration. If the restoration is severely damaged or cannot be repaired, it will need to be replaced. In some cases, the tooth will need to be retreated, such as if the tooth has new decay that wasn’t present at the time of placement.
Proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups can help prevent dental restoration failure. Patients should maintain good oral hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups. Also, patients should inform the dentist of any signs of discomfort or changes in the restoration.