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Should Dental Fillings Last Forever?
For people who have had dental fillings or are maybe getting one soon, a question that is commonly asked at some point is about the length of time a filling should last. In this article, we are going to look at the facts and information about how long a dental filling should last.
The factors that can play into how long a dental filling lasts include the type of filling, the age of the person and daily habits and oral hygiene. Let’s take a look at more details!
How long do dental fillings last?
Overall, there are quite a few factors that play into how long a dental filling will last. Having good oral hygiene and avoiding hard or sticky candies and food will be some of the best things a person can do to help keep their filling in the best condition possible.
The average length of time a dental filling lasts
Gold fillings are known to last the longest and on average last between 15 and 30 years. Silver (amalgam) fillings on average last between 10 and 15 years before they need to be replaced with the same or another type of filling.
Composite resin fillings last between 5 to 7 years. Of course, these are averages and can depend on many factors. Next, we will look at the different scenarios that could indicate a filling needs to be replaced.
Reasons a dental filling needs to be replaced
One factor that can play a significant role in how long a filling lasts is the size. The smaller the filling, the more of a healthy tooth is surrounding it and keeping it strong. However, sometimes, no matter what, it is time to replace a filling. The following are some of those scenarios:
The filling falls out
Typically the person will feel both the filling and the pain from the tooth it fell out from. There is a chance that the filling could be swallowed. If this is the case, examining where the tooth pain is coming from will quickly reveal that it is time to get a new filling. Contact your dentist as soon as possible, or visit an emergency dentist depending on the severity of the pain.
The filling cracks or fractures
Many times people feel this right away, or they may notice their tooth is more sensitive to temperature change. Either way, something will not feel right, and visiting the dentist will be the best solution.
The filling begins leaking
This can happen soon after a filling is placed. However, if there is pain and sensitivity for longer than three weeks, it is best to have it checked by a dentist.
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