Although restorations used for cosmetic dentistry can last a long time, they don’t usually last a lifetime (exception: dental implants can last a lifetime). So how do you know when it’s time to replace your old restorations? Here’s a guide to some of the most common signs that it’s time to replace your restorations.

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Restorations Chipped or Cracked

The materials used for modern restorations like porcelain veneers is very strong, but this wasn’t always the case. Some older restorations were very vulnerable to chipping and cracking. However, even the strongest materials can fail sometimes. If your restorations are chipped or cracked, it’s probably time to replace them.

And if your old restorations cracked sooner than you wanted, it’s important to get your new restorations placed by a neuromuscular dentist who will evaluate your bite and place restorations so they fit harmoniously together.

Decay at the Edges of Restorations

However, rather than chipping or cracking, many restorations need to be replaced because the teeth that they’re on are beginning to decay. If the underlying tooth gets decayed, the restoration is in danger. It’s hard to place fillings around the edges of old restorations–to make sure we properly restore the tooth, we have to remove the restoration and work on the tooth, then replace the restoration.

Restorations Are Discolored

Another common problem with older or cheaper restorations is that they can become discolored. Quality porcelain veneers only get stained if they get scratched, but some types of restorations are vulnerable to staining. Some may even change color because of intrinsic chemical changes in the material.

If your restorations no longer look as white and attractive as they used to, it may be time for new ones.

Teeth Are Discolored

Just as common, though is that your natural teeth become discolored. This can happen much more rapidly than staining of your restorations. In fact, you’re probably used to whitening your teeth regularly to keep them as white as your restorations.

But at a certain point your teeth may stop getting white enough to be passably similar to your restorations. Then you have a decision to make: replace your restorations with darker-colored ones that match your new teeth color, or cover your visible teeth with new restorations that match your older ones. Which one is best for you depends on your situation and your cosmetic and functional goals.

Is It Time to Replace Your Old Restorations?

If you are thinking that now’s the time to replace your old cosmetic dentistry restorations in the Hilton Head area, we can help. Please call (843) 706-2999 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry .