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May
20

Here’s How Long to Expect Your Dental Fillings to Last

Posted in Fillings

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:

  • What your filling is made of, as some materials are stronger than others
  • Quality of the work done while placing your filling
  • Size of the filling (the smaller the better)
  • Environment of your mouth (dry mouth or an acidic environment is harmful)
  • How well you care for your teeth each day

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

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