Dental technology has come a long way over the ages. What started off as a scary experience with less than safe practices, has evolved into a technology driven field designed with patient comfort in mind. When you’re undergoing dental procedures, you want your procedures to last and the latest innovation will improve the life of dental fillings.
Statistically, studies found that one in seven fillings will fail within seven years, with bacterial infections responsible for a whopping 86 percent of the fault. The new technology, developed by Dr. Michelle Barbour and her collegues at the University of Bristol’s School of Oral and Dental Sciences will extend protection against infections and increase the life of filings.
The new material, known as Pertinax, is an improvement on the antimicrobial agent Chlorhexidine. This agent has been used for years within the medical community and Dr. Barbour’s discovery greatly improves upon this existing medicine. The nature of Pertinax allows it to be released over a longer timespan, allowing it to benefit patients longer.
If Dr. Bourbour’s discovery performs as she expects dental fillings in Virginia Beach won’t be the only procedure to benefit. Dental crowns, bridges, braces, and other dental fixtures will also reap the rewards of the longer-lasting antimicrobial agents. Pertinax could revolutionize the dental world, reducing the need for costly procedures to be repeated over time.
Until the medication becomes available to Virginia Beach dentist patients, routine oral exams will allow Dr. Mary Lewis to examine restorative dentistry procedures and ensure they are performing as expected to deliver a beautiful and functional smile to patients for years to come.
Preventative care will go a long way in protecting dental work and creating a lasting smile. Your routine oral exam allows our skill dental hygienists to thoroughly inspect and clean each tooth on an individual basis. Oral cleanings every six months remove any harmful plaque that is collecting on the teeth and ensures the natural bacteria within the mouth don’t grow out of control.
To further prevent infection and reduce the risk of gum disease, Dr. Lewis may recommend procedures such as scaling and root planing or laser treatment to combat gum disease. If the condition advances, it can result in other health conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, pancreatic cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions.
Proper oral health decreases the production of bacteria in the mouth, resulting in stronger and healthier teeth. By brushing and flossing your teeth after meals, the bacteria in your mouth won’t feed on food trapped in your teeth, decreasing the chances of tooth decay.
If you’d like to find out more about proper oral health or would like to schedule an appointment for your oral health exam, contact the office of Dr. Mary Lewis at Virginia Beach Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today. Her friendly staff is available to answer your questions when you contact us at (757) 631-9200. Using the latest technology available, Dr. Lewis will make sure you have the oral health to maintain a beautiful smile for years to come.