It would definitely be nice if your dental fillings could last forever.
The reality is, however, that no dental restoration can withstand a lifetime of use. From crowns to fillings to veneers, all will need to be updated at some point. This is because once your natural tooth structure is compromised, it has to be protected. Artificial protection wears away with time.
So yes, your dental fillings will eventually need to be replaced.
But how do you know when the time is right?
Reasons to Replace Restorations
People may opt to update their fillings at will just because they want prettier ones that blend in with their teeth. Classic metal restorations stand out and even the white composite ones can stain and break down. You may also choose to replace your fillings for cosmetic purposes.
Do you grind or clench your teeth? That habit contributes to premature wear on the fillings and teeth in many patients. Like them, you should reinforce weak spots with fresh strong restorations and then look into getting a guard to protect your new dental work.
Traditional amalgam metal fillings contain mercury. While this element isn’t enough to cause you any issues, some people like to clean out all traces of it, just to be safe.
When Not to Replace
After examining your tooth, your dentist may feel that it’s not worth replacing the fillings. Some of the reasons may include:
If you’re in doubt about the integrity of your current fillings, plan a visit to your dentist to get a professional perspective.
Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
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