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When would fillings need to be replaced?

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

When necessary: When they are worn, have defective margins, broken or fractured. There is no specific life span for fillings.

Answered 10/24/2017


Dr. Howard Schneider answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

If defective: Dental fillings can last many years, but they are not as good as what nature originally made. How long they will last depends on how well you take care of your teeth, what you eat and how large the filling is. If the filling and/or tooth break, or if you get recurrent decay, these are some reasons a filling would need to be replaced.

Answered 9/29/2016



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