How Long Do Fillings Last?

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
May 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  

Find out when your dental fillings will need to be replaced.fillings

If our Charlottesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, has discovered a cavity during your recent dental cleaning, then you’ll need a dental filling to restore the tooth after the decay has been removed. Dental fillings can be made from a variety of different materials but are often made from a tooth-colored resin. Of course, while a filling is meant to restore the tooth it isn’t meant to last forever.

In an ideal world, all restorations would last forever, but there is no material that can last a lifetime no matter how durable it might be. If you have a tooth-colored filling you may be wondering just how long it will last. On average, fillings can last several years (sometimes up to 10 years or more). Of course, some of your filling’s longevity is based on you.

If you maintain good oral hygiene and continue to get routine checkups, then you are in luck. You could maintain your fillings for much longer than someone who doesn’t maintain good oral hygiene. So, how long your fillings last could be up to you and how well you care for your smile. Clean, healthy teeth will support healthy, strong fillings for much longer than decaying, weak or unhealthy teeth.

You should also come in to see our Charlottesville, VA, general dentist every six months so that we can check not only the health of your teeth and gums but to make sure that your dental filling is still strong and stable. Sometimes dental fillings can crack or become damaged over time. By checking the strength and integrity of your filling every six months we can catch issues right away and replace the filling when it needs it.

Are you a teeth grinder? If so, then you may find that your fillings won’t last quite as long as someone who doesn’t grind their teeth or clench their jaws. Your jaws are so strong and the pressure they can apply to your teeth can cause some excessive wear and tear. If you grind your teeth we can create a custom nightguard to wear while you sleep to protect not just your teeth but also your fillings from damage.

Whether you need to schedule your six-month cleaning or you want to check the health of your fillings, call our Charlottesville, VA, dental office to make sure you get the care you need.

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