How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?

How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?

March 21, 2018

This is a question that may not be answered enough. Dental fillings are possibly one of the most common dental procedures and are often taken at face value. It may even be perceived that once you have a tooth filled that the results will last a lifetime or at least a very long time, but unfortunately, this is not the truth. Similarly to purchases from the grocery store, dental fillings do in fact have a shelf life, but that particular period of time is dependent on a few factors and varies from patient to patient.

An exact answer to this question would not be accurate, as stated before, each person’s filling will have a lifespan dependent on how well one takes care of their teeth, their lifestyle, or even the possibility of outside factors such as accidents. Exact factors include the type of procedure, the area of treatment – whether partial or full – the maintenance and care you provide and even the materials used.

The Average Lifespan of a Composite Filling

While modern technology and professional techniques will yield a durable filling, your filling will not last forever. To give a brief example, assuming you take exceptional care of your teeth and your tooth only had a small filling, it should last anywhere from seven to 10 years.

Why Your Fillings Require Replacement

Over time, the restoration provided to teeth by foreign materials naturally wears down over time. Constant chewing and stress given to teeth by any normal lifestyle will manifest itself in dental fillings that will need to be replaced after a certain amount of time. Another reason dental work might stand the test of time is simply induced by outside factors such as accidents or traumas. Making sure you brush your teeth twice a day, flossing and using mouth washing regularly will result in a lifetime of a healthy mouth.

For more questions about restorative dental services, be sure to contact the office of Henry B. Bowman, DDS today!

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