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When Should a Filling Be Replaced?

Posted on 3/20/2019 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
When Should a Filling Be Replaced?A lot of us have fillings in our teeth. The average adult has had at least three cavities in their lifetime, and adults average over 10 filings or permanent pieces in their mouth over the course of their lives. Hopefully, your fillings have been doing their job well for many years- which means they have been filing a hole cause by a cavity.

However, over time, those fillings that you got years ago may need to be replaced. But how do you know when a filing might need to be replaced? There are some signals you can look for to determine whether or not you have a filling that needs fixing.

Dental Filling Replacements

Over time, even a good filling falls victim to the constant erosion of your teeth caused by the bacteria in your mouth. There is a chance with your filling that another part of the tooth could get a cavity, which may grow into the area covered by your original filling.

You might also develop decay underneath the filling as well, or close to the edge of the filling. Also, your filing, especially as it ages, may fall out entirely. If you grind or clench your teeth, you might crack a filling as well.

If you do need a new filling, there are several different types of replacement fillings to choose from. Amalgam fillings have been the standard for over 50 years, and are the filing of choice for dentist, largely because they are relatively inexpensive, can stand up to significant biting pressure, and don't wear away easily.

Other people like composite fillings, which can be clear, and may be tougher in the long run than amalgam fillings. Composite fillings can also match your tooth color, so they look better than the silver fillings of old. Some people also like glass isonomers, which can also match your teeth and are very strong.

If you think you may need a filling replacement, why not get in touch with us today, and let us help you have the best smile possible?

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