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when do fillings have to be replaced

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
When necessary: When they are worn, have defective margins, broken or fractured. There is no specific life span for fillings.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Kimble
21 years experience Dentistry
When they go bad: There is no specific time to replace them. On average they last about 10-15 years, but depending on your diet and oral hygiene, they could last only ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donovan Young
28 years experience Dentistry
A comprehensive exam: A Comprehensive exam followed by an exray will detect if, there is a need to replace a filling. Silver fillings overtime develop margins which Fail a ... Read More
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Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funari answered
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Typically : Typically you cannot put a "filling" on a crown the same way you can a tooth. That being said, it may be possible, though difficult to repair the chi ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Absolutely: If that is what you would like, speak to your dentist...
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Get treatment: You should get the definitive restoration for the best seal and longest life of the restoration, whatever it might be.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
No: You should only replace fillings if they are breaking down or there are other problems with them. Removal of fillings often leads to removal of more ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Kim
25 years experience Dentistry
Yes and then No: Metal fillings have been the dentists' choice of restorations for many years. It is an amalgamated mixture that (once set) is very strong and will la ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Merrett
28 years experience Dentistry
Ceramic for metal: It is very easy to remove metal fillings for ceramic. It the filling is old and breaking down it is best to replace it. Ceramic restorations are also ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
39 years experience Dentistry
Yes: It's done all the time. Presuming there is a problem with the existing restoration, once it's removed a new restoration can be placed utilizing any of ... Read More

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