How Long Should Your Dental Fillings Last?
Posted on 8/7/2023 by Dr. VanBrunt
| Dental fillings are used to improve the appearance of teeth. If you are not content with your teeth' looks because of cracks, minor cavities, and stains, then you might consider having dental fillings. However, as much as you would wish for them to last permanently, it is not possible.
The durability of your dental fillings will depend on several factors. First, they are made from different materials. The different materials come in different forms, including strength and the ability to endure mouth conditions. Other aspects that dictate the life of your dental fillings are things like the food you eat, oral hygiene, and professional dental care. Accidents and trauma can also interfere with their lifespan.
Materials Used to Make Dental Fillings
The most common forms of dental fillings are made of composite or ceramic material. This is because of the materials' nature to blend in well with teeth color. While those made of composite will last up to 8 years, the latter will last 10 to 15 years, making them a bit durable.
Silver amalgam fillings are another type. The metal does not blend in with teeth color but can last 15 years or even 20 years if well taken care of. Gold cast fillings are the strongest, as they can last up to 30 years. The other is glass ionomer filling. It is considered good because of its ability to reduce decay in teeth, but it lasts 5 to 7 years because of its fragile nature.
When to Replace Them
You need to know when your dental fillings need a replacement for the sake of your oral health. Cracks on the fillings are a red flag that they need to be replaced. Tooth sensitivity, pain, discoloration, damage, or injury are some of the other causes. Visit us to learn more about our dental filling services.