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Different Types of Fillings

This is a good question and the answer varies. It all depends on what type of filling you have and your dental hygiene. It also depends on how the workload you’re putting on your teeth. A filling can last from 5 to ten years. It also depends on where on which tooth the filling has been applied to. There are many different types of fillings available from silver, composite, and gold. Each filling has its pros and cons and it all depends on how much money you want to shell out and more importantly what your dentist recommends.

Silver Fillings

Silver fillings are a good option and have the ability to last 10 to 15 years. They are strong, durable and will last a lot longer than other fillings. Silver fillings are also known as amalgam and can withstand the wear and tear of daily munching for many years to come. Although they will stand out and be visibly noticeable. They also have the potential to release mercury into your system which is undesirable. It’s best to talk to your dentist and discuss the materials used and the potential harm that mercury will cause.

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Composite Fillings

These fillings are usually made from a resin type material and are used to fill cavities. They are white in colour and are less visible than gold or silver. They are said to last around seven to ten years but then again it all depends on how well you take care of your teeth. Silver and gold fillings are generally said to last longer. Composite fillings are preferred for a number of reasons because of their natural appearance and durability. Composite fillings are the most popular option due to their natural appearance and durability. Some metal fillings contain mercury which can have a negative to a person’s health.

Gold Fillings

Gold is said to be one of the most durable fillings in the dentistry world. It’s solid and won’t crack like porcelain fillings and is kind on opposing teeth. Gold fillings will set you back some extra coin but they can be worth it as they will last longer than other types. Gold fillings will maintain integrity over their lifespan and do not oxidize in the mouth. Gold is a solid option for filling cavities for a number of reasons.

The lifespan of fillings varies so much it’s hard to give a definite answer. These are all ballpark figures because the duration of filling life depends on the material and the personal habits of the person receiving the filling. The best thing to do is book in for a check-up and consultation with us at Dental Avenue Maroubra and we will happily discuss the options and give you all the information necessary to find the best option for you. If you do need a filling it’s best to address the matter sooner than later as it will save you time and money in the long run. In the meantime, keep on smiling.

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