While we believe that we can perform dental miracles, we sadly can not make your filling last forever! sigh. A filling is extremely durable and can last for many, many years in most cases, but there may come a time when it needs to be replaced. Sorry.
So, how long will it last? Well, as in life, the answer is… It Depends! In this case, it depends on a number of factors, such as the type of procedure performed, the size or area being treated or replaced, the kind of materials used for the filling and the patient’s level of oral hygiene and care.
And then, despite your incredible efforts, a filling may crack or fall out unexpectedly. Over time, dental fillings can be weakened by:
- Tooth decay,
- Frequent jaw clenching and teeth grinding (bruxism),
- Chewing on hard items or foods,
- Injury or trauma, such as those sustained during sports activities,
- Time; no filling lasts forever no matter how well kept!
If you ever have a filling fall out just remember, don’t panic and don’t wait. Even if it falls out after hours, call us immediately–we’re here for you in an emergency! We will get you in as quickly as we can. In the meantime, keep your filling if you can– but don’t try to push it back into place. Make sure to keep the affected area clean and debris-free.
If you don’t experience discomfort after losing a filling, it is still important to come in to have it treated as soon as possible. Not seeking immediate care could result in pain, discomfort and even tooth loss.
Regular dental visits are imperative to maintaining a healthy smile. With that being said, we know not every dental emergency happens during normal business hours. That’s why we strive to make ourselves available to our patients as often as possible. If you need us, email, call or text us! Your health and comfort is our number one priority.