How Long Does a Filling Last?
Fillings might not be the most pleasant thing to have done, but they are true lifesavers when a tooth needs to be fixed. Imagine if you couldn’t chew your favorite food because your tooth was cracked or had a cavity. Fillings can get you back to smiling again.
What are Fillings?
Fillings are one of the many dental treatments used to help restore the structure and function of a tooth. They are often called restorations and are a long-term solution to keep your teeth working correctly.
Fillings are used to treat decay and prevent the spread of damage while restoring strength. Sadly, they don’t last forever.
How do Fillings Work?
The dentist removes the decayed structure of the tooth and fills in the area with a composite product.
Dental Fillings are also used to fix cracked, broken, or worn down teeth.
Types of Fillings
There are different types of fillings and they last for different lengths of time.
- Composite are tooth-colored fillings and are created from particles of plastic and fine glass, otherwise known as acrylic and ceramic. They match tooth color and are very durable, chemically bonding with the surrounding teeth. This type of filling can last from seven to ten years. This type of filling is also used to fix chipped teeth and fill in small gaps.
- Amalgam fillings can last up to fifteen years and are the traditional silver type. They are a mixture of metals, like silver, tin, and copper, so are very durable and effective. They are the least expensive type of filling.
- Gold: these fillings are much more expensive than the Amalgam or Composite but not as much as Ceramic. They can last twenty years or more.
- Ceramic/Glass Ionomer: These are the most expensive fillings. Ceramic fillings are made from a variety of porcelain and are not very common. They have to be specially made and glued to the tooth. Ceramic fillings can last fifteen years or more. Glass ionomer will last about five years, and used for fillings near the gums only. They are made up of acrylic and glass and put right in the tooth.
Factors involved with Filling Durability and Life Span
Several factors can affect the durability of a filling.
- Grinding teeth:
- Trauma to teeth
- Eating habits
- Dental hygiene
- Decay around filling
Regular dental checkups will help keep an eye on any fillings and potential issues. If you feel pain and sensitivity, go see your Smile Park Dental team right away. Give us a call so we can help you smile again.