All You Need To Know About Replacing Your Fillings
You had a cavity filled by your Florida dentist a while ago and are wondering when they might be at risk to have something happen to them. The last thing you want is to have a dental emergency when you don’t need one.
We are here to help you answer the questions about your fillings – how long do they last and when should you replace them?
It Depends On The Type of Material You Use
The fillings that you get can last anywhere from seven to more than 20 years depending on what they are made of.
- Gold is very sturdy and can last up to 20 years, but it is very expensive. If you have a large budget, then you might want to consider this
- Silver amalgam can last up to 15 years, but it has the risk of mercury toxicity
- Composite fillings can look like your natural teeth but they last only around seven years.
- Porcelain fillings – These are also known as inlays or onlays and can last up to 20 years. They are made from CEREC technology that is usually located right there in the dentist’s office.
There are other factors to take into consideration, like where the filling is going to be put, how much tooth decay has already occurred, how much the material costs, what your insurance will pay and what your dentist thinks. Discuss any concerns that you may have very early on. That way, both of you will be on the same page as they proceed with putting the filling in.
When You Should Replace Them
Here are some signs that can help point you toward the dentist so that they can at least look at the filling to make sure that nothing is wrong with the filling:
- You have pain around the filling
- You feel sensitive to hot or cold around the area of the filling
- You feel food getting stuck in or around the filling
- You feel the filling fall out
- You feel like your tooth has a gap or a hole
- There are black or brown spots around the filling or you see lines around them
These Things Can Cause Issues With Your Fillings
Once you get a filling, you know that you should take the best care of it. But there are things that happen in life that can create situations where your filling is in danger of cracking. They include:
- Getting hit in the mouth with something or some other trauma to the tooth
- Grinding your teeth in your sleep, which will cause the tooth to possibly crack
- Not taking care of your teeth by properly brushing or flossing
- Decay continuing to occur around the filling
- Biting your nails
- Not eating properly
Yes, the food that you eat can adversely affect your filling. Do you like to eat a lot of sugary food or drink sugary soda? Those will attack both your enamel and the filling. You should avoid those or have them in limited quantities. Acidic candies like Sour Patch Kids should especially be avoided. The soda also dries out your mouth, so drink water after that to keep your mouth moist and also wash away any sugar or other food particles.
The most important thing you can do is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. Floss once a day. It is a small time investment to keep your teeth looking healthy.
Like everything else, fillings don’t last forever. They can last a long time, but they eventually need to be replaced. You just need to be mindful of how they feel and if there are any changes, go see your dentist immediately. If you wait too long, then other problems may occur and you could need more extensive dental work done. That would be more expensive. This is a time when being cautious is important.
Do you live in the Palm Harbor area and need work done on your fillings? Come to the VIP Dental Center. Our amazing staff will pamper you from the second you walk in. The expert dentists will examine your mouth and see what, if anything, needs to be done to fix the situation. Contact us today to make an appointment.