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How Long Do Fillings Last?

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Investing in dental treatments help strengthen your smile and extend the life of your teeth – but how long do these restorations last? Depending on the type of restoration, the material being used, and where the filling is being placed have a tremendous amount of impact on how long your treatment will hold up.

Most fillings last at least 10 years or more. As with patches in a car tire, fillings begin to wear out and may pull away around the edges, allowing leakage at the margins. They do not last as long as a healthy tooth, but they do help your tooth function normally for several years once they have been placed. The longest lifespan of restorations is typically around 30 years. Although this isn’t typical, some people with very healthy mouths and fewer risk factors may be able to have restorations that last this long.

As materials and treatment methods continue to change, smaller non-invasive fillings are replacing the large, invasive treatments of years past. Having a very small filling placed and then needing to be replaced 10 years later is still better than having a very large filling placed that will only last 20 years, because less natural tooth structure is altered.

The better preventive care you receive on a routine basis, the longer you will benefit from healthier teeth. Seeing your dentist twice each year for preventive cleanings, x-rays, and screenings for oral disease can identify areas where you need to spend more attention so that your fillings last longer.  If it’s been more than 6 months since you’ve seen your dentist, schedule your oral health check-up today!

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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