When Is the Right Time to Replace Dental Fillings?

When Is the Right Time to Replace Dental Fillings?

The majority of Americans have fillings due to cavities or chips. It’s a common procedure for oral health. However, many people are not aware that they may need to replace their fillings. How do you know if and when you need to change your fillings? Steven Horne, DDS in Encinitas, CA will help to keep your smile bright and fresh!

Why do fillings need to be replaced anyway?

Composite fillings are designed to match the color and appearance of your teeth. Just as your natural teeth stain and yellow over time, fillings will do the same. Our dentists can replace these fillings to have your teeth looking brand new again. Unfortunately, your fillings may crack due to the natural wear and tear of everyday usage. Each time you chew, you are putting pressure on your fillings. Bacteria can make its way under cracked fillings, causing decay. Regular visits and exams to our office can allow your dentist to make sure your fillings are still strong.

How long to fillings typically last?

Depending on the type of filling material that was used, whether you clench/grind your teeth, and how will your fillings were fitted, will determine how long your fillings will last. Some fillings need to be replaced every five years, while others may last up to 15 years. Visit your dentist frequently to ensure they don’t need replacing.

Your dentist will decide if it is possible to repair the filling rather than replace it entirely. Let your dentist be the judge! If you are experiencing any pain or sensitivity in your teeth, call your dentist right away. This may be a sign you need a filling replaced. Call Steven Horne, DDS today to schedule your appointment!