Fillings in the Future: What a New Study Suggests
If you have a composite dental filling, it can last between seven and ten years with proper oral care. Obviously having a tooth filled is a good investment! But wouldn’t it be great if they lasted even longer?
How We Use Composite Fillings
First, you should know that we use the term “composite” because the filling material is a combination of plastic and glass. The plastic makes the filling durable, and the glass lends a natural-looking translucent appearance, so the repair blends with your tooth.
The next thing to understand is how a filling is placed. When placing dental fillings in Lewes, DE, our doctors start by carefully removing only the decayed portion of your tooth. In most cases, decay penetrates the outer layer of enamel and reaches the layer beneath called dentin.
Pine Tree Bark Does What?
So, the durability and use you get from a filling are dependent on the bond that’s created between it and the dentin layer. Because dentin is soft, it’s not a good base for the filling, and the reason most fillings crack or fall out is a weak bond.
Recently, though, a study was published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry saying that pine tree bark extracts may be a solution for increasing the lifespan of composite fillings.
The study explains that the University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have discovered that compounds found in pine tree extract alter the chemical structure of the tooth to make it stronger and allow a filling to form a secure bond. The researchers estimate that this may extend the lifespan of a filling by as much as ten years!
Please Call Us to Learn More
There’s no indication that pine tree bark extracts will be a part of dentistry any time soon, but you can count on the team at The Dental Group to provide durable, high-quality fillings that last as long as possible!
Please call us to learn more about our state-of-the-art dental fillings!