Fillings don’t last forever. That’s why regular care and maintenance is necessary. Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and routine dental care can help your filling last as long as possible. But how will you know when it’s time to finally have your filling replaced?
Your Tooth is Sensitive
Sensitivity to certain types of foods or drinks is a red flag that something is going on with your tooth. Especially if it is something sweet, like juice, diet soda or sweet tea. If sudden temperature sensitivity is noted, that could also be a clue that it’s time to have your filling checked out by a dentist.
Something “Doesn’t Feel Right”
Does your tooth feel funny when you bite down? Maybe there is even a rough surface somewhere that you can’t quite point out, or food is getting stuck after meals when that used to never be a problem. If something feels “off,” it could be that the filling or the tooth around it is starting to break down.
There Are Shadows on the X-Ray
Intermittent dental x-rays are essential to diagnosing cavities before they are visible in a clinical exam. In some cases, tooth decay can seep into the margin of your filling without you ever knowing it. On the x-ray, this will show up as a shadow or dark grey area around the tooth.
Once a problem is spotted, it is important to have your filling replaced right away. Otherwise the situation could get worse and impact a larger area of tooth structure. If you suspect that your filling may be giving out, schedule a check-up with your dentist right away.
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Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
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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