In all honesty, it can seem like it isn’t fair to have to get a filling again. Especially right where you already have one to begin with.
Why does your dentist recommending redoing something you’ve already had done? Aren’t dental fillings supposed to last for life?
No Fillings Last Forever
The simple goal of dentistry is this: make your teeth last as long as possible. There’s no guarantee a treatment like fillings will last forever. While stronger dental materials are still under research, we have to accept the fact that for now, it’s only a matter of time. Even a ten-year-old dental filling is something to be grateful for!
So why do fillings ultimately need to be replaced at some point?
There Was a Mistake With The Last Restoration
It happens! Perhaps the tooth wasn’t prepared correctly or a material was used that wasn’t right for your tooth. You might visit a new dentist to find out that the last one did sub-standard work.
You Are Being Too Rough on Your Teeth
It is possible to chew a filling right out of your tooth. No, normal eating habits won’t do this. But if you’ve got a habit of grinding your teeth in your sleep, this can weaken and wear down a dental filling.
Dental Decay Has Made a Comeback
This is going to be your most likely reason to update a filling. Over time, a tooth once weakened by a cavity can once again fall victim to the effects of decay. Once those tooth-eating bacteria sneak their way back under a filling, they’ll carry out their dirty work unseen.
Ask your dentist for more details if you’re advised to redo a filling.
Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
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