31 Aug

Four Reasons to Consider Replacing Your Fillings

Fillings are restorations, which are commonly used to fill cavities and prevent the spread of dental infections. If you have a filling, it won’t last forever, and you may be advised to have your filling replaced. Here are 4 reasons why it’s beneficial to consider replacing your fillings:

  1. Your fillings are old and worn: fillings have a shelf-life, and they bear the brunt of general wear and tear. If you’ve had a filling for as long as you can remember, it may be advisable to replace the filling with a new restoration. White fillings typically last around 5-8 years.
  2. You have mercury amalgam fillings: if you have mercury amalgam fillings, there’s no need to panic, but many people prefer to have white fillings because they are more aesthetically-pleasing, and they are also safer and better for the environment. If you have old fillings, we can replace them with new composite fillings.
  3. Your filling is damaged: if you grind your teeth or you’ve been involved in an accident or sustained a dental injury, you may find that your filling is damaged. Replacing the filling will protect the tooth, prevent sensitivity and reduce the risk of cavity growing.
  4. You have toothache: if you have toothache, and you have pain in a tooth that has been filled, this may be a sign that the filling is cracked or worn. It’s best to fit a new filling to shield the tooth and reduce the risk of infection.

If you have old, damaged or worn fillings, or you haven’t had a new filling for a long time, why not call and book an appointment?