As with most things in life, dental fillings don’t last forever. Ideally, most fillings should last up to fifteen years, but some factors can make them deteriorate faster. Unfortunately, some people are also dealing with silver fillings from years ago. These people may want to consider getting a filling replacement in Tampa. If you’re one of them, here are a few things to consider.
Some fillings are weaker than others. As such, they may not be suitable for teeth that grind, bite or chew frequently. Even tooth-colored fillings can break more easily and may need replacement earlier than others. It all depends on the unique case, which is why a consultation is so important.
Any decay in your fillings can be caught by making sure you visit our dentist regularly for a checkup. If it’s not spotted in time, decay can result in further damage because bacteria will multiply and cause a much bigger problem. Although cracking or chipping may not pose a serious problem for most people, it’s highly recommended that you consider a filling replacement in Tampa if this becomes an issue.
New dental materials, like porcelain and composite, are durable and strong. Most of them resemble the existing tooth color, and can, therefore, give you a more natural appearance. If you have metal colored or amalgam fillings, you may want to switch to new dental materials when repairing a broken or chipped tooth.
It’s not too late to replace your silver filling with a filling replacement. For more information on a filling replacement in Tampa, visit the office of Larry Saylor, DMD, located in Brandon. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you achieve your best smile!