How Long Will My Dental Fillings Last?

How Long Will My Dental Fillings Last?

Most people develop cavities that need repair at some point in their lives, and we at High Street Dentistry are here to help. We are proud to offer different tooth filling options with durable, aesthetic results. The question is, how long does each filling material last?

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings offer the strongest, most durable, and most cost-effective solution for cavity repair. These silver fillings are highly resistant to wear and tear from chewing forces, making them ideal for molars. You can expect them to last about 10 to 15 years, and sometimes many more years with proper care. In fact, at High Street Dentistry, we have many patients with functional silver fillings that have lasted for more than 30 or 40 years. 

Composite Resin Fillings

Composite resin fillings (white fillings) are made of a resin and powdered glass material. They provide durable restorative dentistry solutions to repair small to mid-sized cavities. Composites are the choice restorations for the front teeth and visible areas because of their aesthetic appeal. With today’s significant advances in dental filling technology, composite resin fillings can last more than ten years with proper care.

Glass Ionomer Fillings

Glass ionomer fillings are made of silicate glass-powder and bond directly to the tooth surface. They contain fluoride, which helps strengthen your teeth and prevent future decay. Glass ionomer fillings mimic your natural tooth color and are used to repair cavities in the root or gum line areas. This material is weaker than composites and more prone to fracture and wear. Glass ionomer fillings generally last around five years.

How Do You Know When to Replace a Filling?

Failing fillings may cause tenderness, sensitivity, or pain. You may also feel pressure as you bite down or have an intermittent sharp pain or throbbing. If the damaged filling has caused pulp inflammation, you may experience a constant toothache.

The best way to ensure your fillings remain healthy and functional is to maintain proper oral hygiene practices, including daily brushing and flossing. Don’t forget to visit High Street Dentistry for your twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings. When you come in to see us, we will evaluate your oral health and your restorations. If we identify any damage to your fillings, we may recommend having them replaced.

Dental Fillings Near Me

Contact High Street Dentistry in Jefferson City, MO, to learn more about the different types of fillings we offer for cavity-repair. We will help you determine the filling material that is right for you. Call us and schedule your appointment today!