It would be nice if all of your dental work could last forever. Dental researchers are still working to find a way to make that possible. But for now, the unfortunate reality is that no dental filling can last a lifetime. The oral environment is a dynamic one where dental materials can only hold up for so long.
Why Do Dental Fillings Wear Out?
Fillings tend to fall apart when something happens to the tooth material around them.
For example, a tooth worn down by acid exposure or a grinding habit will have weak enamel that only gets weaker as time goes on. Any dental fillings in that tooth are at risk for popping out much sooner than expected.
Teeth with fractures or cavities also have a hard time keeping fillings in place.
Some dental restorations even discolor over time and become eyesores.
Factor That Affect the Lifespan of Dental Work
It’s hard to estimate how long your fillings will last, but the following factors could help you make a close estimate:
On average, a silver amalgam filling should last you around 10-15 years. A tooth-colored composite resin filling can last about 10 years as well. Nowadays some people see their dental work last upward to 20 years.
Are you trying to decide which dental restoration will last the longest? Contact your dentist to find out your best options.
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Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
Keeping your smile healthy will reduce the amount of treatments you need later on, like dental fillings. When you do need a dental filling you need to know the best way to care for it so that it will last as long as possible. Depending on the type, size and location of your filling, most of them last for several years after they have been placed.
Prevent New Decay from Forming Around Your Filling
Just because a cavity was removed and a filling placed into your tooth doesn’t mean a new cavity can’t form around the filling. Most people think this won’t ever be a problem, but it’s a reality. You need to change the dietary and oral hygiene habits that led to the cavity in the first place, or else the filling will have a new, larger cavity around it in no time.
Have X-Rays Taken at Least Once a Year
A clinical exam isn’t always enough to screen for leaky fillings or recurrent decay. With x-rays your dentist can see around the filling and areas that aren’t visible during the exam – giving you the opportunity to address problems when they are smaller, such as adding fluoride to your routine to stop decay before it spreads.
Watch Out for Grinding and Clenching
If you are prone to clenching or grinding your teeth due to stress (or even chew on ice regularly), your tooth and filling may start to wear out, causing worse damage than there originally was. Wearing a bite splint or mouth guard can prevent the excessive wear and save your smile (and your tooth) for several more years.
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Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
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