Do Fillings Need to be Replaced?

If you have a cavity or if one of your teeth is cracked or chipped, Dr. Danielle Indelicato will likely use a dental filling to restore your oral health. It's a simple and effective restorative dentistry treatment that can provide long-lasting protection for your teeth. 

However, that doesn't mean that dental fillings will last forever. Over time, they can deteriorate and may need to be replaced. 

How long can a filling last and what are some of the signs that may indicate that it's time to replace your dental filling? 

Let's find out! 

Why Do Fillings Need to Be Replaced?

Dental fillings are not designed to last forever. While they are made of durable materials such as porcelain, composite resin, or amalgam, fillings can still wear down or crack over time. 

Even if they don't chip, they may become loose or fall out, exposing your tooth to unwanted bacteria. 

Over time, fillings can also become stained or discolored. This is especially true for amalgam fillings, which can develop a grayish-black appearance. While stained fillings aren't necessarily a health concern, they will impact the appearance of your smile. 

How Often Do Fillings Need to be Replaced?

The lifespan of a filling depends on several factors, such as:

  • The material used. Porcelain or amalgam fillings last longer than composite resin ones. 
  • The location of the filling. 
  • Your oral hygiene habits. If you neglect to brush and floss your teeth daily, you can expect your filling to get damaged faster. 

On average, dental fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years before they need to be replaced. 

What Are Signs That a Filling Needs to Be Replaced?

Several signs indicate that a filling may need to be replaced, including:

  • Pain or sensitivity: If you experience pain or sensitivity to hot or cold foods or when biting down, it may be a sign that the filling has become loose or is wearing down.
  • Cracked or chipped filling: If you notice a crack or chip in your filling, it is important to have it replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tooth.
  • Discoloration: If your filling has become discolored or stained, it may be a sign that it is deteriorating and needs to be replaced.
  • Rough filling: If the surface of the filling feels rough to the tongue, it may be a sign that it is deteriorating and needs to be replaced.

You should keep in mind that even if a filling is not causing any symptoms, it may still need to be replaced. Regular dental checkups and X-rays can help detect early signs of wear or decay in fillings before they become a problem.

Restore Your Smile with Paragon Dental

If you are dealing with cavities or damage to your teeth, the team at Paragon Dental is here to restore your oral health. We promise to provide our clients with the best dental services in the area and the highest level of quality when it comes to the tools and techniques used. 

Call (732) 630-0021 to book your appointment with Middletown dentist, Dr. Danielle Indelicato. 

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