How Long Does a Dental Filling Last?

October 15, 2018

close up of teeth cleaningWouldn’t it be nice if dental fillings lasted forever? Unfortunately, if you have a dental filling, you will need to replace it eventually! We tell our patients that a filling can last up to twenty years, however that can vary. Keep reading to learn more about this common dental procedure.

What Are Fillings For?

If you have a tooth that begins to decay, a filling procedure will be recommended to remedy your tooth. First your dentist will drill away unwanted decay, then your tooth will be filled with a stand in substance. This substance is generally made of:

  • Amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc)
  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Composite resin (tooth-colored fillings)

Composite resin is often preferred because it is tooth-colored and blends in well with the rest of your teeth.

When Will I have to Replace my Filling?

Usually, a filling will last anywhere from 7-20 years, although this depends on the location of the filling, the size, and your dental hygiene.

Fillings put up with a lot of stress! Every time you chew, your filling is compromised. Little by little, your filling may loosen, which will create a pocket for food to collect and cause further decay.

This makes dental visits more paramount than ever! Visiting your dentist every 6 months could deter your filling from becoming a serious issue. Patients who wait can be faced with an extraction or root canal procedure to reverse unmonitored fillings!

Is There a Warranty on Fillings?

At All Smiles Dental Group, we are happy to offer a 5-year warranty on all dental fillings, as long as our fillings patients visit us for a cleaning every 6 months. If your filling fails due to decay, loose fit, or breakage, we will refund you the cost of the procedure.

For Best Results, Avoid Decay

In order to prolong your filling, it is best to take care of your teeth. Prevent decay by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and receiving a professional cleaning every 6 months.

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