Ever heard of Dental Fillings? Well here’s what you need to know.

Dental fillings are a common treatment for tooth decay and cavities. They involve removing the damaged or decayed part of the tooth and filling it with the materials such as composite resin or amalgam. Although dental fillings can restore the function and appearance of the tooth, many people wonder if they’re permanent.

The span of dental fillings.

Dental fillings are not considered to be permanent but they can last for many years with proper care. The lifespan of a filling is dependent on several factors including the type of filling material used, the size and location of the filling and the patient’s dental hygiene habits.

Composite fillings, which are made of a tooth covered resin typically lasts for five to seven years. Amalgam fillings, which are made of a silver colored metal alloy can last up to 15 years or longer. However, both types of fillings can fail overtime and may need to be replaced.


Reasons for fillings failure.

There are several reasons why dental fillings may feel or need to be replaced. These include:

1.     Wear and tear: Over time, fillings can wear out or become loose due to chewing, grinding and clenching.

2.     Decay: If decay forms around the filling, it can weaken the tooth structure and cause the filling to fail.

3.     Cracks or fractures: If the tooth develops cracks or fractures, the filling may become dislodged or fail.

4.     Age: As fillings age, they can become discolored, weakened or degraded leading to failure.

5.     Improper placement: If the filling is not properly placed or sealed, it can fail or fallout.

Replacing dental fillings

If your dental fillings fail, your dentist may recommend replacing it with a new filling or a different restoration such as a crown or inlay. The type of restoration will depend on the size and location of the filling, as well as the condition of the tooth.

If the filling is small and in a low-stress area, it may be possible to replace it with another filling. However, if the filling is large or in a high-stress area, a crown may be recommended to provide more support and protection for the tooth. Your dentist will discuss the best treatment options for your individual needs.

Maintaining your dental fillings.

To help your dental fillings last as long as possible, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily and using a fluoride mouthwash. You should also avoid chewing hard objects such as ice or pens and wear a mouthguard if you grind or clench your teeth.

Additionally, visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings and report any changes or problems with your fillings.

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