As the most common dental service used, many people have at least one dental filling that was used to repair damage and protect the teeth. When restoring a tooth, different filling materials are used to reconstruct the tooth and return the tooth to its normal shape. A filling allows the tooth to return to functioning normally and helps prevent further decay.
So how long do these fillings last? The life expectancy of your filling is something to discuss with your Krengel Dental dentist, as the lifespan can depend on the type of filling material used, the size of the filling and several other factors. Fillings usually last around 10 years, however there are several steps you can take to keep your fillings healthy for longer.
Here are a few helpful tips that will keep your fillings functioning and healthy for longer:
- You guessed it; brush at least twice a day and floss at least twice a day. Keeping your dental hygiene routine up to speed is the surest way to keep your fillings happy and healthy.
- See your Krengel Dental dentist regularly! Checking in at least twice a year allows us to check on the state of your filling and keep from needing to replace it prematurely. Make the most of your preventative care, as it will keep your mouth happier and healthier in the long run.
- Stop smoking! The habit of smoking is linked with increased tooth decay. Quitting or cutting back on tobacco use will not only protect your teeth from decaying and your fillings from aging, decreased tobacco use will help your health overall.
- Seek support! If you notice any signs of discomfort, anything loose, or any pain, there is a chance that your tooth or filling may need restoration. The sooner you contact our friendly team, the sooner we can attend to the problem and get you taken care of.
- Stay away from excess sugar. Sugary and sticky foods are the fastest way to dental decay, so make sure to keep your mouth clean when consuming sugar and keep away from eating sugary snacks that will stay around in your mouth, causing increased enamel decay.
With all of these tips and tricks, your fillings should thrive and live a long, healthy life. So when might signify that a filling needs replacement? If you notice a crack or break in a filling, pain when biting down, sensitivity to hot or cold foods or any constant feeling of pressure in or around a tooth, call us right away at 952-888-1311. The sooner we can take a look, the better chance you have at less invasive treatment.