Is Replacing a Filling Different Than Getting a New One?
Posted on 12/30/2019 by Ranches Family Dental
Have you had some of your fillings for a while? Do you find it hard to remember how old some of your fillings are? We can't blame you. If you're like us, you may have gotten some of your fillings so early, you may not remember them at all.
If you live long enough, you may have to get a filling replaced. How will you know when you need to get a filling replaced? Is it different than getting a new filling? We have some thoughts.
Why Fillings Have to Be Replaced
Usually, people get fillings because they have a cavity. When a cavity happens, bacteria have drilled their way into the enamel of your teeth. Over time, bacteria make the hole bigger and deeper. Eventually, if it isn't treated, it will cause you pain.
However, when we catch them early enough, we drill the cavity out and fill the hole with a filling. You have several different choices for fillings. Some people like to have gold or silver fillings, which are more expensive. Other people like amalgam or composite fillings. All of these fillings have a shelf life of around 12 years.
However, in some cases, fillings have to be replaced. It may be that the filling is too large for the tooth, and the tooth becomes weakened over time from the filling. Another cavity can form in the same tooth. The filling may have just worn out, and needs to be replaced.
The good news is that it does not cost any more to replace a filling than it does to get a new filling. The cost is roughly the same. Replacing a filling in many cases is easier than getting a new filling, because there is not as much drilling involved. We use the same procedure for replacing a filling as we do creating a new filling. We numb the area. There is a little drilling and a little filling- and you're out of our chair.
Do you have a question about fillings? We have answers. Give us a call today, and let us know how we can help you with fillings.