If you thought dental fillings were supposed to last forever, you’re not alone. Most people don’t realize that just like patches on a tire, fillings can wear out as well. Depending on the type of filling and how large it is, it could have the potential to last a decade or even longer.
Some fillings last 7-10 years; others may last as long as 30. Taking proper care of them and getting preventive oral care on a regular basis can extend their lifespan. For instance, excessive grinding or clenching could cause the filling to pop out or break well before it would have failed on healthy teeth. Wearing a bite splint at night to prevent excessive wear is an excellent way to insure the life of your fillings and your teeth.
As fillings begin to wear out or leak, it is important to have them replaced in a timely manner. This prevents bacteria from seeping under the edges and causing newer, bigger cavities underneath. Do not wait until the filling breaks or the tooth hurts. This will only result in more extensive dental treatment, such as a larger filling or even a crown and root canal. Earlier care will keep your dental needs to a minimum.
If it’s been a decade or longer since you’ve had your fillings placed, it’s important to have them checked by your dentist twice a year through visual exams and dental X-rays. Preventive cleanings and fluoride treatments will keep the tooth enamel around your filling stronger, helping the filling to last even longer. Dedication, prevention, and proper oral hygiene will help extend the life of your fillings as long as possible.
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