Getting a filling usually isn’t a lot of fun. But what’s even worse is the fact that no matter how good the filling is, it won’t last forever. While some can last quite a while, all fillings eventually break down when the tooth around them weakens.
According to some emerging research from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, a potent natural extract could extend the life of fillings.
Grape seed extract (GSE) has been studied for its health benefits for some time. These can include:
- High cholesterol
- Preventing bacterial infections
- High blood pressure
Many of these and other proposed benefits are largely theoretical in nature since there hasn’t been extensive testing in humans. But some recent testing on how GSE affects teeth has revealed some interesting information.
Grape seed extract contains compounds that help collagen repair itself. Interestingly, your tooth’s thickest layer – dentin – is made up of collagen. Studies suggest that by enriching dentin with a combination of GSE and other flavonoids, it’s possible to create a dental filling that’s impervious to recurrent tooth decay.
Today, dental fillings in Midlothian, TX are mostly made of tooth-colored composite resin. This material is gentler on teeth than silver fillings and it looks better, too. The only setback is that composite restorations don’t last as long as metal ones.
Who knows? Perhaps GSE will soon find a way into standard dental treatment, helping you hold onto your fillings a little longer. In the meantime, check in with Dr. Rivers at River Ranch Dental for a complete cavity screening.
Posted on behalf of River Ranch Dental