When is the Right Time to Replace Fillings?

When is the Right Time to Replace Fillings?

As young people, we probably got a lot of fillings, unless we had great oral care habits even from a young age. Now as adults, we may be asking ourselves if it’s time to get the filling replaced that we got done years and years ago. In this article, we will be discussing exactly that so you can determine whether or not it’s time to schedule a trip to the dentist.

Why do Fillings Need to be Replaced Anyway?

There can be a variety of reasons that fillings need to be replaced, and they can include:

  • Composite filling that is designed to be the same color as your teeth have picked up stains and now don’t blend as nicely with the rest of your smile.
  • Fillings can deteriorate over time as a result of common wear and tear, and thus need to be replenished to keep your tooth safe from decay.
  • If a filling has cracked, it is imperative that you get them replaced immediately to also save your teeth from bacteria.

How Long Do Fillings Typically Last?

Fillings should typically last you 12 years. Of course, this is up for discussion based on the way your fillings were placed and the exact material used. Even your lifestyle can determine how soon your filling should be replaced.

Let Your Dentist be the Judge

Of course, as with most procedures concerning your oral care, your dentist is the first and only person you should consult. Your dentist is best prepared to give you the answer you need as they are fully aware of your circumstances and needs. If you are in the Encinitas, CA, area or its surrounding communities, Steven B, Horne D.D.S. would be delighted to give you the attention and care you need. Give our office a call today to find out if you’re eligible for filling replacements or if you just want to schedule a general visit!