Have we recommended that you replace your dental filling, or have you noticed a problem with an existing filling? If so, it is important that you learn more about replacement and what options might be available to you.
Why Might You Need to Replace a Filling?
Your fillings are designed to be durable and long lasting, but some signs may indicate they require replacement. Some of the most common are outlined below:
Even without these problems, if your filling reaches the end of its life expectancy and is starting to show signs of wear, we may recommend replacement. You can take this time to upgrade to a more aesthetically-pleasing material.
What Are Your Replacement Options?
If we determine that it is time to replace your fillings, there are several replacement options available. Longevity, durability, and performance will all be factors in which filling model you choose and how the material is placed. Options include the following:
We will help you to select the filling material that is right for your unique teeth and needs.
How Long Do Fillings Last?
Different types of dental fillings have different life expectancies. Composite fillings, for example, are usually good for 7-10 years in patients with healthy mouths. When cared for properly, they can last for up to 12 years, which is closer to the life expectancy for amalgam fillings, which often last for over a decade. Silver fillings are arguably the most durable, as they can last for 10-15 years, but they are often avoided due to aesthetic concerns.
Remember that while dental fillings are long-lasting, they won’t last forever, so you’ll eventually need a replacement or an upgrade. Our office is here to help, offering suggestions on the most affordable and durable options for your unique teeth.
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