How long do fillings last?

Fillings; do they last a long time?

Fillings are a common treatment in dentistry, with thousands of people in the UK having fillings placed every year. Now more than ever, there are more options when you need to have a fillingA lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, or porcelain., as you can have an amalgamSingle surface silver filling. filling or different types of compositeSingle surface composite filling (white or tooth colored) performed on a tooth in the front of the mouth. fillings, which are white and resemble your natural teeth.

Fillings are needed when cavities develop in your teeth, and this is often due to a combination of a poor diet (which can involve high amounts of sugar) as well as not maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. Failure to brush your teeth twice daily and floss each day can lead to decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure. spreading and cavities forming.

Once you have your fillings fitted, they can last between 7 and 20 years depending on their location, size and, most importantly, how well you care for them.

If you have any concerns about the type of fillings you want, or how long they may last, please speak to your dentist and they will be happy to provide you with more information.

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