Do Fillings Last Forever? The Answer Might Surprise You

Do Fillings Last Forever?
Do Fillings Last Forever?

Hard fillings such as ceramic, gold, and silver are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth. They fill holes caused by tooth damage. Dental fillings are not able to repair all damage to the teeth. However, they can replace damaged tooth structure and prevent it from getting worse.

How long do dental fillings last?


Dental fillings can last a lifetime or be durable depending on what type of filling is used. There are many filling materials. The doctor will decide which filling material to use, with the consent of the patient. It is determined by the extent and location of the tooth damage.


Different types of dental filling


  • Cast gold fillingThey last between 10 and 15 years, or longer.
    • Cast gold fillings have many advantagesThey are strong and durable. They are resistant to hard chewing and won’t easily erode. Patients find gold fillings more attractive than silver.
    • Cast gold fillings have their disadvantagesIt can be expensive. To be properly fitted, they require two sessions. Because of the possibility of creating a galvanic effect, a gold amalgam filling cannot be placed next to a silver filling.ShockSharpening is a result of this.Pain. Some patients do not like gold-colored fillings.
  • Silver fillings (amalgams):They last between 10 and 15 years.
    • Silver fillings have many advantagesThey are strong and can outlast composite (toothcolored) fillings. They are strong and can withstand high forces. They are cheaper than gold, and they last longer.Composite fillings.
    • Silver fillings have their disadvantagesSilver fillings may not be attractive to patients. The silver fillings may cause a discoloration of the surrounding teeth. To fit and maintain silver fillings, healthy parts of the tooth must be removed. The tooth can become discolored by silver.CrackBecause, in general, all teeth contract when there is hot andColdFoods and liquids Some people may developAllergyReactions to the 1% mercury amalgam fillings.
  • Composite or tooth-colored fillingsThey usually last around five years.
    • Composites have many advantages
      • Because the color matches the existing teeth, they are visually pleasing. They are therefore ideal for the repair of visible teeth. Composites can be used for the front teeth and visible parts of your teeth.
      • Composite fillings can be used to replace chipped or damaged teeth. Composite fillings can only be used to restore a portion of the tooth’s health, as opposed to silver amalgam.
    • Composites have disadvantagesThey are not durable and cannot withstand chewing forces, as well as gold or silver fillings. They are susceptible to chipping. This procedure is more time-consuming than placing silver amalgam fillings. It is possible to complete the procedure in more than one sitting. These are more costly than amalgam fillings.


  • Ceramic fillingsThese fillings are typically made from porcelain/ceramic. They can last for up to 15 years. Composite fillings are less durable than these. They can be as costly as gold fillings.
  • Glass ionomer fillings:They last for approximately 5 years. They are made from acrylic and a particular type of glass. They are used mainly for filling below your gum line and children. The glass ionomers can release fluoride which can protect the tooth against further decay.
  • Indirect fillingsIndirect fillings look similar to tooth-colored ones and are made in a dental lab. These fillings usually require two visits to the dentist before they can be placed. If there isn’t enough healthy tooth structure to support a filling, indirect fillings can be used. An impression/impression is taken during the first visit. This allows for the removal of decay and old fillings.MoldTo create the in-house indirect filling, the tooth is removed. To protect the tooth while the permanent filling is being made in the laboratory, a temporary filling will be placed. The temporary filling will be removed during the second visit and an indirect filling will be placed permanently.
    • Indirect fillings come in two varieties. Both last longer than traditional fillings and are more durable.
      • InlaysThese are very similar to fillings, but they are located within the tooth cusps and not on the chewing surface.
      • OnlaysThese are larger and require one or more teeth cusps. These are also known as partial crowns.
  • Temporary fillingsThey usually last about a month. These can be used under the following conditions
    • Fillings that take more than one session until permanent fillings are placed
    • Following a root canal
    • If the tooth pulp becomes irritated, a temporary filling may be placed to protect the tooth, decrease sensitivity and reduce pain
    • When emergency treatment is necessary,

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