How Long Does a Dental Filling Last?

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When we need some dental filling, is normal to wonder us how it works, especially if we didn’t get one before in our lives.

People have a lot of questions about the dental filling, and today I’m going to give you some answers.

I hope I can help you.

I understand that we can feel anxious about the idea of going to the dentist.

To many people, it can be a real challenge, because they are afraid of going due to many reasons.

Everyone has one main reason for their fear of visiting the dentist.

The truth is that it doesn’t feel that bad. If you need a dental filling, you can’t avoid going to a dentist, end of story.

Well, you can avoid it, but I can assure you that things only will get worst.

What is a Tooth Filling?

At this point, you may be wondering what a tooth filling or dental filling is, especially if you had never had one in your life.

A tooth filling is in short words, the way that dentist have to restore your tooth after an accident, cavity or if case your tooth is fractured.

The filling can be made of several materials.

Nowadays the materials used on mixtures are body-friendly, so you don’t need to worry about getting one.

As I said before, a dental filling is to restore a tooth that cracks, to fill a cavity after the removing of tooth decay, among other reasons.

The material is too fill this little crack or hole and is used by professionals only, so make sure you go to right place.

Also, you need to learn the differences between the materials use it to fill your tooth and how much this material does last as your dental filling.

Because all have an expiration date.

How do I know When I Need a Dental Filling?

Dental Filling

The only person in this world who can tell you when you need a dental filling is your dentist.

Do not hear your neighbor or your uncle advice, you go straight to see the professionals in the minute you feel something isn’t exceptional.

Some signs involve pain in one of your teeth.

When you drink hot or cold, or you eat something, and you feel pain, you are having the strongest and evident of the signs of needing dental filling.

The pain or sensibility are the main symptoms, so pay attention to this because is crucial to have in mind that if you have this first signs, you probably need to go to the dentist fast.

When you are eating, and you feel pain or sensibility if your meal is too hot, is a sign also.

The cavities are this black spots that forms in your teeth and this spots can bright you some problems.

I talked about this before, if you let this hole to spread to the rest of your tooth, the only thing that may happen is that you will need a root canal or a tooth extraction.

I know you don’t want this, so that is why I’m here encourage you to go see your dentist as soon as you begin to feel this signs.

Also, you may feel pain when you chew your food or when you bite, and this is another sign.

Some people feel this pain, and I can’t imagine how it may be, but feeling pain when you are chewing or when you bite your food I can’t be pretty.

Luckily for you, here in Clairemont, San Diego, we have the best treatments at Serena Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Another sign is that if you have had some dental filling before and you begin to notice that is cracking or if is already cracked or broken.

Probably is time to replace it. You won’t believe the number of people who thinks that the dental filling last forever, apparently some of them can last forever.

But they are expensive and the best option is a crown instead.

The Silver Fillings

This is a type of filling, probably is one of the most common materials to the dental filling.

They are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive.

It sounds like perfect, but there are some issues with this kind of filling.

First of all, this kind of material only comes in one color: the dark one.

So, when people laugh, talk or eat, other people can see the filling.

Personally, I don’t see a huge issue on this, but too much people outside have it.

Silver filling, also known as amalgam fillings are strong, durable, and you can eat whatever you want.

It doesn’t need special cares or something.

They can last around 10-15 years, so you can take note of this to know the duration and some others details that I’m going to tell you next.

Some of the issues are the dark color like I said before.

As I told, this can be a super problem for some people.

And one of the most significant issues with the silver filling is that in the past, experts found small levels of mercury in an amalgam filling those concerns patients.

Due to this risks, patients opt for other kinds of dental filling less risky than the silver filling.

However, many studies on the safety of the silver filling have been done, and actually, during 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found no reason to limit the use of the amalgam filling on patients.

Regardless this, if you have some concerns about this type of dental filling, you can always ask your dentist about it.

This filling is safe for adults and children ages 6 and above.

But is your choice and no one can’t force you to use them if you do not want to.

Gold Filling

This kind of filling can improve smiles.

People think that this type of dental filling is very expensive.

The reality is that you can consult your dentist and your insurance service to see the more affordable options for getting this kind of felling.

As the silver felling, the gold filling can be noticed by other persons.

So, if you don’t want this, perhaps you need other material.

Gold fillings must be done in a laboratory and then cemented into place.

As other fillings, gold can be body-friendly and well tolerated by your gums.

Resin and composite are bonded to your tooth with cement that tends to wash out with the time, which means that their durability is minor.

The gold filling may be more expensive, but they stay in place much longer.

The durability of this material can reach the 20 years with proper maintenance and cares.

So it is a long-term solution to cavities.

When patients hear the word “gold”, they associate it with a considerable pay bill.

Yes is right, it can be more expensive than the resin, but you can see it also as a long-term investment. They can last a lot of years.

The Resin and Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

When you need a dental filling this kind of material is the most common use it for the dentist.

Are plenty reasons for this, and one of them is that the resin can be the same color of your tooth. Which is easy for patients who are trying to hide that they have done a dental filling.

They can give a natural result to your teeth and almost is invisible to the naked eye.

Except to your dentist, they can see if you have had one before, so don’t try to lie your dentist when they ask if you have one lately.

Resin composite fillings are made of ceramic and plastic compounds and are placed into the tooth to restore a cavity or fracture.

And, as I said, they mimic the natural appearance of the color teeth, and due to this, the resin has been used on front teeth per years.

They are used to give shape to a broken tooth, even if is located at the front.

The issue here is that regardless the “veneer” look that this can give, the resin is not strong enough to give bite to apples or hard meals.

Because it can crack easily.  Also, the resin can stain easier than other types of dental fillings.

So, if you choose resin, you keep in mind that coffee, tea, and some foods can stain it. The resin can last around 7 or 10 years only.

How to Know Which is Right for Me?

Female patient

This is a wonderful question, because is so simple to recommend a type of dental filling, is super easy.

But how to choose the best one it only depends on you and your dentist recommendation.

You can know all the benefits from all materials that can work as a dental filling, but it’s up to you choosing one.

Sometimes, dentists need to do an X-ray before taking any decision.

They must evaluate your case and base on that, make the decision.

The first thing to do before choose is detected if you need one, but if one of your teeth get broken or if you have a cavity to fill, you can prepare yourself, you need a dental filling.

There’s nothing to fear, if you need it you need it, it’s not the end of the world, and if you want to save your tooth of the inevitable extraction, you must go to the dentist as soon as you can.

You can detect the first signs of the tooth pain and sensibility when drinking hot or cold.

Having these symptoms is your early stage and acting quickly is the next step.

Also, remember that dental filling is not only necessary from restoring cavities.

Even you can fall off from the stairs, bite something really hard, among other reason to break one of your teeth.

That is why we encourage you not to open stuff with your teeth.

Many people ignore this, but using your teeth as a tool or as a weapon, can damage the enamel and even crack teeth.  It doesn’t matter if is a beer or a candy package; it will damage your teeth.

Well is pretty much what you need to take into account before you get any dental filling. And don’t forget to brush your teeth even is this isn’t guaranteed to get cavities.

And don’t forget to floss.


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