Recently, a client asked me how long she could expect her new filling to last? This is a good question to ask and one that believe it or not, does not get asked often enough. Perhaps some people mistakenly assume that once a tooth is done being treated; the result will last for the rest of their life, or at least, a very long time.
I wish I could give an exact answer to this question, but the reality is, I can’t. Just like the products you purchase have a shelf-life, so does your dental work. How long a treatment lasts depends on a number of factors including, the type of procedure, the size or area being treated or replaced, materials used, and the care and maintenance you provide.
The Average Lifespan of a Composite Filling
Even though dental fillings (restorations) are durable and can last for many years, the fact of the matter is that your fillings will not last forever. To illustrate this, let me provide you with an example. Let’s say one of your teeth required small filling. Using a composite resin filling, you could reasonably expect the filling work to last anywhere from 7 to 10 years, provided you’re taking excellent care of your teeth.
Why Your Fillings Require Replacement
Time is an enemy to dental work. This makes sense given the usual stress we place on our teeth and dental work. Dental material wears down over time. As it does, it makes the restoration less effective compared to when it was first in place.
As secondary tooth decay materializes around the dental filling or on the surface area surrounding the filling, more dental work is required. As more restoration is done the longevity of the original filling decreases. At times, the decision should be made to place a crown or a cap on that tooth that would maximize the lifespan of that restoration.
Another reason, dental work doesn’t last as long, has to do with tooth injuries (such as those sustained during sports) and dental problems such as teeth grinding (bruxism). These types of injuries can contribute to the wear or damage on a dental filling, necessitating the eventual replacement.
Keep Your Teeth Healthy
Just two minutes of teeth cleaning twice a day, flossing and mouth-washing every day, supported with regular trips to the dentist and hygienist will help keep your teeth fit for a lifetime.
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