At Ranches Family Dental the health and safety of our patients and staff is always a top priority. At this time our office will remain open for urgent visits as we continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. We have monitored current guidelines from the American Dental Association. In order to be proactive, we have implemented the following guidelines to protect both our patients and our staff:
**The lobby is sanitized after every person leaves and has been closed for social distancing until further notice. Because of this, please come alone to your appointment. Make arrangements prior for children- which we know may be inconvenient with all the students out of school. Also, only 1 adult needs to accompany a minor.
**We have cancelled all hygiene and routine visits to stop the potential spread of the virus.
**Please brush your teeth prior to your arrival as the brushing area is closed until further notice.
Please reschedule appointments if you or anyone in your household has traveled outside the US for at least 2 weeks after your return.
If you have any symptoms of fever, cough, chills or flu-like symptoms we ask that you contact our office to reschedule your appointment.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to provide exceptional dental care in a manner that is safe for both our patients and our team members. Stay healthy.
Thank you, kindly, Ranches Family Dental
Is Replacing a Filling Different Than Getting a New One?
Posted on 12/30/2019 by Ranches Family Dental
Have you had some of your fillings for a while? Do you find it hard to remember how old some of your fillings are? We can't blame you. If you're like us, you may have gotten some of your fillings so early, you may not remember them at all.
If you live long enough, you may have to get a filling replaced. How will you know when you need to get a filling replaced? Is it different than getting a new filling? We have some thoughts.
Why Fillings Have to Be Replaced
Usually, people get fillings because they have a cavity. When a cavity happens, bacteria have drilled their way into the enamel of your teeth. Over time, bacteria make the hole bigger and deeper. Eventually, if it isn't treated, it will cause you pain.
However, when we catch them early enough, we drill the cavity out and fill the hole with a filling. You have several different choices for fillings. Some people like to have gold or silver fillings, which are more expensive. Other people like amalgam or composite fillings. All of these fillings have a shelf life of around 12 years.
However, in some cases, fillings have to be replaced. It may be that the filling is too large for the tooth, and the tooth becomes weakened over time from the filling. Another cavity can form in the same tooth. The filling may have just worn out, and needs to be replaced.
The good news is that it does not cost any more to replace a filling than it does to get a new filling. The cost is roughly the same. Replacing a filling in many cases is easier than getting a new filling, because there is not as much drilling involved. We use the same procedure for replacing a filling as we do creating a new filling. We numb the area. There is a little drilling and a little filling- and you're out of our chair.
Do you have a question about fillings? We have answers. Give us a call today, and let us know how we can help you with fillings.