When to Have a Dental Filling Replaced

When to Have a Dental Filling Replaced

Getting dental fillings is a normal part of life for many American adults. In fact, over 90% of adults will have at least one cavity at some point according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While modern dental fillings are incredibly durable, they’re susceptible to damage and wear- and-tear like any restoration. With care, the average dental filling can last anywhere from 7-10 years, but often much longer.

However, if a filling is damaged, it may need to be replaced to protect your tooth from further decay and other oral health problems. 

At Manhasset Dental Arts, Dr. Elizabeth Abrams, Dr. Michael Abrams, and our team offer a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services for the whole family at our office in Manhasset, New York.

Signs that your dental filling needs to be replaced

One of the main reasons that dental fillings eventually need to be replaced is time. If you’ve had a dental filling for many years, it may have worn down to the point where a new filling is needed. 

It may not be obvious or noticeable to the naked eye, but a dental exam can determine whether it’s time to switch out your old filling and replace it with a new one.

Fillings can also chip and crack while you’re eating or from trauma. If you think your filling is damaged or feels loose, schedule an appointment with our team as soon as possible. Food and bacteria can get under the filling and cause a new cavity.

Pain, sensitivity, and discoloration are other possible signs that you might need to replace your filling. 

If you’re not sure, schedule an appointment for a dental exam just to be safe — especially if you have pain that lasts more than a few days or have signs of an infection.

How to protect your dental fillings from damage

Practicing good oral hygiene and making a visit to our practice every six months for a dental exam and professional cleanings are the best things you can do to protect your oral health and ensure that your fillings and restorations last as long as possible.

Try to avoid eating hard candy and sticky foods that can damage your fillings, and never use your teeth to open bottles or packaging.

Eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco use and excessive alcohol are also important for your oral as well as your general health.

If it’s been more than six months since your last dental exam and cleaning, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. 

For more information about tooth decay prevention and treatment, or to book a visit, contact our office at Manhasset Dental Arts in Manhasset, New York, today.

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