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how long do metal fillings last

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Stastny
33 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Neither: Both tooth colored and silver fillings are perfectly safe and effective as long as they are placed properly. The american dental association supports ... Read More

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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Yes: The metal ions in the amalgam (silver) fillings tend to leach out over time and stain the surrounding tooth structure gray. This does not occur with t ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Amalgam stain: You will see darkening gray near the filling that shows through the enamel.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Grimm
24 years experience Dentistry
Yes: The muscles of the jaw and face are incredibly powerful and it's not uncommon for someone who grinds their teeth to damage not only the fillings, but ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Varies: Dental restorations vary in their longevity based on different factors, including how well you maintain (clean) them, frequency of professional cleani ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suman Das
Dr. Suman Das answered
53 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends.: Are you asking about shelf life of the cosmetics or once they are applied on you? The pharmaceutical companies will answer them better than any of us ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience Dentistry
Hurt: Generally trauma to the tooth from cementation can last 4-6 wks getting better week by week. If you feel your bite is not quite right the tooth will b ... Read More
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Dental : Dental restorations, in general, can be expected to last ten to fifteen years. However, there are many restorations that last longer, and some that fa ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
20 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Check the Label: If cosmetics have active or prescription ingredients, some of them can degrade over time and actually change into other things that may have a differe ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Long term: Retainers are long term for both invisalign and conventional braces. Talk with your invisalign provider about your particular case. Many patients nee ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Asseff
27 years experience Dentistry
7-10 days : A hematoma is a bruise. It might take a week to see the hematoma go down in size. It will probably be completely gone within 10 days.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Mihalich
20 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
We don't know: Older ankle replacements appear to last about 10 years. Newer generation replacements that came on the market about 2 years ago will hopefully last l ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience Dentistry
No specific time: Talk to your dentist or orthodontist who placed your braces for their exact recommendation. If your mouth is stable, they may tell you that you may ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joaquin Siles
46 years experience Prosthodontics
Tooth ache?: Sensitivity in a tooth with brand new crown is almost normal, it could last, weeks even months. I am talking about a slight sensitivity, that will go ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wright
32 years experience Dentistry
Depends: Some dentist's have a milling machine in their office and can make it right on the spot. Sometimes it is sent to a dental laboratory and can take abou ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Stern
48 years experience Dentistry
Variable time: I am most familiar with lumineers where I have placed some that are well beyond 15 years and counting. Service life is variable depending on the type ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Depends : Treatment time depends on your teeth so this question cannot be answered here. See an invisalign provider for an evaluation and this will answer you ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dabney
40 years experience Orthodontics
Keep teeth straight: How long do you want to have straight teeth ? I advise long term wear of retainers, even if just for a few hours a day, or a few times a week.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Glennon
32 years experience Dentistry
0-6 months: Sometimes implants are placed at the time of the extraction, sometimes bone replacement is placed at the time of the extraction to replace the void le ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
45 years experience Dentistry
It varies: If longer than 5 days, see your dentist. It may be high in the bite which a small, polishing adjustment will cure the sensitivity. It may be a problem ... Read More
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Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funari answered
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The : The time it takes to heal is a function of how much surgery was performed and how the tissues were manipulated. Every dentist has their comfort zone ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
22 years experience Dentistry
4 weeks :): It takes 3 days to determine if there is an infection or dry socket. After that the granulation tissue should fill the socket with epithelial migrati ... Read More
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Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funari answered
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Several : Several different aspects to this question. Sometimes dentures are made prior to the extractions so you can leave the office wearing them. This is c ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roy Arnold
46 years experience Internal Medicine
Forever: Bone screws are either stainless steel or titanium. They do not dissolve or decompose. They can become loose or move however. If you are experiencing ... Read More

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