When tooth decay strikes, dental fillings can be a valuable restorative option. However, not everyone may need or qualify for dental fillings. At your initial appointment, Dr. John Leitner will evaluate your oral health to determine if dental fillings are right for you.
Our Grand Haven dentist will evaluate the following to determine if a dental filling is the best treatment option:
On average, dental fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. The lifespan of dental fillings varies depending on various factors, including the type of filling material used, oral hygiene practices, diet, chewing habits, and the location and size of the filling.
Amalgam fillings are known for their durability and can last up to 10 to 15 years or even longer in some cases. Composite fillings have improved significantly over the years and can last around 5 to 10 years with proper care. Ceramic and gold fillings are highly durable and can last for 10 to 15 years or more.
Several factors can influence the lifespan of dental fillings:
While dental fillings can last for many years, they may need to be replaced earlier if certain issues arise:
Pregnant women can generally receive dental fillings. However, it’s important to inform the dentist about the pregnancy to ensure appropriate materials and techniques are used, and to minimize any potential risks.
Yes, dental fillings can deteriorate or wear out over time due to factors such as normal wear and tear, recurrent decay around the filling, or damage caused by teeth grinding or clenching. It’s essential to monitor the condition of fillings and have regular dental check-ups to detect any signs of deterioration or failure.
Yes, several signs may indicate the need for a dental filling replacement. These include:
Dental fillings are a valuable treatment option for tooth decay, but not everyone qualifies as a candidate. Contacting our Grand Haven dentist is essential to assess candidacy and determine the most suitable treatment. By prioritizing oral health and seeking timely dental care, individuals can maintain a healthy smile and prevent further dental issues.