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How Long do Fillings Last?

check up of a tooth filling

Maybe you’ve never had a filling, or the last one you got was during your childhood. If you have a cavity or old filling that needs to be replaced, how long can you expect your new restoration to last? While today’s dental materials are more durable than ever, they only last for so long. It’s quite unlikely that a filling will last for the rest of your life. But with good maintenance, you can expect it to last for several years. Here are some things to keep in mind:   What Your Filling is Made From Over time, fillings wear … Continue reading

What Parents Need to Know About Tooth Decay in Children

When a child has a cavity in one of their teeth, it can lead parents to ask, “Is it best to pull the tooth? After all, they’ll be losing this tooth eventually anyway.” As simple of a question as it is, there is a long and complex reason for why dentists recommend filling cavities in children’s teeth as early as possible. To understand why, it’s essential to grasp the following concepts:   Baby (Primary) Teeth Decay Rapidly A small cavity in a baby tooth can expand at a rapid pace, usually much faster than what we would see in an … Continue reading