Most people will experience a cavity at some point or another in their life. When a tooth develops a cavity, the easiest way to treat it is by removing the decay and sealing the tooth with a dental filling. Unfortunately, dental fillings don’t last forever and eventually need to be replaced.
Find out how long your dental fillings will last and what happens after you replace them.
How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?
The lifespan of your dental fillings depends heavily on what type of material they’re made of. For instance, gold fillings last an average of 15 to 30 years, amalgam fillings last between 10 to 15 years and porcelain and ceramic fillings last between 5 to 7 years. Your fillings can last longer than these averages, but they will eventually need a replacement. At Top Down Dental, we provide our patients with porcelain and composite fillings.
Although they don’t last as long as gold or amalgam fillings, they look more natural, don’t offer concerns about mercury, and provide your teeth with the strength they need.
When Do I Need to Replace a Dental Filling?
Just because it’s been 10 years since you got a filling doesn’t mean we will replace it. Usually, we only replace a dental filling for certain reasons.