Times Where a Filling Replacement Becomes Necessary
Posted on 8/30/2019 by VistaDental
Many people are unaware of the fact that fillings in your teeth do not last forever. Just like any other material, they can age, crack, become loose or even fall out completely.
In our office, we offer two different types of fillings; the silver fillings that we use are made up of many other materials besides silver, such as tin, copper and mercury. Composite fillings are white and are made of a resin material.
Different Types of Fillings Last Longer Than Others
The traditional silver fillings have been used by dentists for over 100 years and therefore they have a tendency to last longer. The average life expectancy for silver fillings is around 11 years. Composite fillings usually last approximately 7 years, and both do need to be replaced if they become loose or fall out.
Loose fillings make way for further decay in your tooth. This can eventually lead to the need for a root canal or even extraction if the decay is left untreated. When you come into our office for an exam, we always check your existing fillings to make sure that none of the edges have become loose and we also check the integrity of the tooth that has been filled to make sure that it is still strong and healthy.
Fillings may also need to be replaced if they were not properly applied when you received them. Uneven surfaces in fillings can be breeding grounds for bacteria and they can also cause you to have a misaligned bite.
If you have had fillings and you are experiencing pain, or if you suspect you may have a cavity and are in need of a filling, please call our office and schedule an appointment right away. Our staff will give you a complete examination and go over your options with you. We look forward to seeing you soon!