When Do I Need to have My Fillings Replaced?

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when do i need to have my fillings replaced

Replacing a filling in a tooth is a rather common procedure and many dental clinics in Edmonton offer it.  But your dental fillings don’t last a lifetime. After a point, you will notice that your fillings have chipped off or completely vanished. This usually takes anywhere between 10 to 15 years, after which you are not left with any choice but to get your filling replaced.

When the Filling Chips Off

Over a period of time, your dental filling will end up chipping off. This process gets accelerated if you are into the habit of biting hard food items like walnuts, or if you grind your teeth. Constant clenching and grinding of your teeth can have a drastic impact on your dental filling. If your filling cracks or chips, it can also pose another possibility of you choking on it at some point. Hence, it is important to replace the dental fillings in your tooth.

When There is Tooth Decay

At times, when you are not regular with your dental hygiene habits or don’t get regular dental cleanings, it can lead to tooth decay. No doubt that your filling material is immune to bacterial activity but if the seal between the dental filling and the tooth breaks, then food particles and decay causing bacteria can work their way between the worn filling and the tooth. This can lead to decay in that area and may even affect your dental pulp. It is, therefore, advisable that you immediately consult with your dentist if you notice any signs of tooth decay.

When There is Leakage

Over time, the filling may actually leave a gap within the tooth. This space is where saliva and bacteria can interact freely and cause further damage. In such cases, you will have to opt for replacing the filling in your tooth.

Ever noticed any of the above signs? Reach out to our dentist near you today to replace the filling in your tooth.