How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?
Dental fillings are one of the most common types of dental remedies used today. In fact, nearly everyone who has had a cavity—which is the vast majority of adults—has had a dental filling. If you have had a filling or are getting ready to have your first filling, you may have questions about the procedure, what to expect, and how long dental fillings last. Here’s an overview of some of the basics about dental fillings—to learn more, call our team at Distinctive Dental Solutions directly today.
What Are Dental Fillings?
The term “dental fillings” is spot on in describing this type of dental procedure: dental fillings are used to fill areas of the tooth that decay due to cavities once the cavity has been removed, and are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth. Typically, dentists will treat cavities by removing the cavity and the decayed portion of the tooth; once it’s removed, the dentist will fill the remaining area of the tooth with a material to prevent further decay and protect the tooth.
Types of Dental Fillings
In the ‘80s, ‘90s, and even the early 2000s, the options available for fillings weren’t ideal, and most fillings were gold or silver. Today, however, most fillings are made from a composite resin, a tooth-colored material that looks just like one’s natural teeth. Composite fillings offer many benefits, including that they look like your natural teeth, are bonded to the tooth structure, are versatile and can be used to fill cavities as well as repair cracks and chips, and usually require less tooth preparation compared to silver or gold fillings.
Caring for Dental Fillings
Once fillings are placed, caring for fillings will mimic good oral health practices, including brushing and flossing regularly. In addition to brushing and flossing, good oral hygiene and practices should also include limiting sugary snacks and beverages, refraining from the use of tobacco products, and trying to maintain good overall physical health, which includes eating well and exercising regularly. With good care, fillings can last for about 10 years or even more.
Learn More Today from Distinctive Dental Solutions
Fillings are an easy way to treat minor issues and improve the health of your smile. To learn more about dental fillings, how to care for your fillings, and how long your fillings might last, reach out to our team at Distinctive Dental Solutions today. You can get in touch with us online or by phone at your convenience.