It can really depend on several factors: how much you chew, how tight you clamp your teeth when you sleep, your own personal dental hygiene and the size & location of the filling. In general, however, 5 to 20 years. One thing that can almost guarantee longevity is visiting a dentist every 6 months to make sure things are clean and appropriate steps are taken. Our team at the Dental Community Clinic has been rated as one of the top facilities in the Greater Los Angeles area for dental filings and other oral health care measures.
Do cavities form under fillings?
Yes, especially if the filling is cracked or not sealed correctly. This is why it is double as important to make sure you see the correct dentist as these cavities can be more severe and go undetected.
What happens if you don't get a filling?
The first step if you think you might have a filling is see a local dental specialist immediately. If you do need a filling and ignore to do so, the lasting effects and damages can be severe. This can include tooth decay, increasing amount of lasting pain down the road, gum disease and the potential for the dreaded root canal.
Can I brush my teeth after filling?
At the Dental Community Clinic, we highly encourage our patients to brush after getting fillings. You should always brush the filling teeth differently from regular teeth- with soft bristles and with gentle care. The same advice can go for flossing around these teeth as well.