How often do I need to replace my fillings?
Just like most dental restorations, dental fillings do break down over time. However, every patient's situation is unique. Some fillings can last for decades with soft diets and little to no acid or sugar intake, while others may need replacement every five to seven years. Diet, nutrition, and your home care routine all play an integral role in the longevity of your dental fillings in Charlotte, NC.
What is the best way to know if I need a replacement?
Fillings need replacement after they have been worn down by chewing hard foods, grinding and clenching, or if a cavity forms around one. The best way to know if you need a filling replaced is to make sure you visit Dr. Harlow for those regularly scheduled cleanings and exams every six months. It gives your Charlotte dentist the opportunity to check on the health of your fillings and each of your teeth for anything that needs to be addressed, which may be replacing old fillings.
Contact Your Charlotte NC Dentist
If you have silver fillings, these tend to break down due to temperature changes in your mouth that cause them to expand and contract. Dr. Harlow would be happy to discuss your options for replacing metal fillings with more attractive tooth-colored composite fillings. Contact Harlow Dental at Steele Creek to learn more.