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How Long Do Fillings Usually Last?


Posted on 8/9/2021 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
How Long Do Fillings Usually Last?Dental fillings, or dental restorations, are common dental treatments for cavities. Dental fillings are necessary when there is tooth decay, discoloring, or unnatural open spaces present between teeth. It is important to get a dental filling to avoid long-term problems.

There are several kinds of dental fillings. They are made from a variety of materials. Depending on which type of filling you have and other factors, your filling will generally last about ten years.

The Lifespan of a Dental Filling


The lifespan of your dental filling is dependent upon several factors. First, we need to consider your eating habits. If you consume hard candy or chew ice, you can expect your fillings to become damaged or wear out more quickly. Also, if you eat sugary food and food that contains a lot of starch, you will have more plaque in your mouth, which may lead to increased tooth decay. Unfortunately, tooth decay can occur around a filling and cause problems. If you have good oral hygiene, your dental fillings can last longer because you are brushing the bad bacteria away from your filling.

If you are prone to facial trauma, your dental fillings may not last long. For instance, if you engage in contact sports and do not wear a mouthguard, your fillings could be in danger. Similarly, if you grind your teeth while you sleep, this could cause trauma in your mouth, and your fillings may suffer.

Though several factors affect how long your fillings will last, we generally tell people their fillings will last around ten years. It may be slightly longer if you have amalgam fillings and slightly shorter if you have composite fillings, but generally, you can expect to replace the fillings in your mouth every ten years.

We Assess Your Fillings at Each Appointment


Please make an appointment to see us every six months. Not only will we assess your teeth, but we will also assess your dental fillings. We look forward to seeing you soon to discuss your dental fillings.
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