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Welcome to the dental practice of Dr. Blaine Cusack in Countryside, Illinois where we offer biological and holistic dentistry. We are pleased to feature no-mercury, biological dental fillings for your health. Dental fillings, or dental restorations, are designed to withstand the force of chewing, and with proper oral care, can last anywhere from 5-15 years, depending on their type. With time fillings wear down, some can chip and crack, or fall out and need to be replaced.

What can cause a filling to need replacing? When a dental filling cracks or leaks, this allows oral debris such as bacteria and food particles to enter the area underneath the filling. Because you cannot clean under there, the bacteria will cause decay by forming acid after feeding on oral debris.  This can go on for a while before you notice it, which is why regular dental checkups are important, as Dr. Blaine Cusack and our team can spot what is happening even before you experience tooth pain or notice problems with your filling.

If you have a filling fall out–whether from biting down too hard on something, or the filling wasn’t strong enough for the tooth it was placed on, or even if the tooth didn’t bond properly during initial placement because saliva may have seeped into the cavity during the restoration process–it will need replacing.

Also, cracks in the filling can occur over time, and even from biting, especially if the filling is higher than the tooth’s surface. Cracks can develop around the edges of the filling and can be fixed instead of replaced, depending on the crack. Bruxism, or constant tooth grinding during sleep, can also wear down fillings.

If it is time for your next dental checkup or if you are experiencing problems with a filling, it may be time for a dental restoration. At the practice of Dr. Blaine Cusack, we offer no-mercury, biological dental fillings for your healthy smile. To schedule your next dental visit with Dr. Blaine Cusack and our team in Countryside, Illinois, we can be reached in Countryside, Illinois at 708-482-0300 today.