The Center for Disease Control estimates that 90% of Americans will have a cavity at some point, so the odds are that you have a filling. Many people think that after getting a filling that they can ignore it and not have to worry about it. While fillings can last for a long time, they don’t always last forever; however with good habits, you can easily extend the life of your fillings and protect your teeth at the same time.
On average, tooth-colored composite fillings last about 10 years. Metal fillings have a comparable amount of time; however, they have a higher chance of falling out. If the filling is too large, or spreads, a crown, inlay or onlay may be used instead.
Ensuring that you follow proper oral health habits and keep your teeth clean can also help keep your fillings in good shape. Here are some additional tips:
Experiencing dental issues? Schedule a dental filling appointment as soon as possible!