The life of a filling depends upon your at home oral health routine and your oral habits. If you are a clencher or a grinder, you can easily damage a filling from the amount of force being placed repeatedly on the tooth.
(By the way, many people don’t recognize that they are clenching or grinding their teeth because they do so while they sleep. We can assess your teeth and see the wear patterns that demonstrate the issue. We will work with you to minimize the impact – for example, a night mouth guard to protect your teeth and fillings.)
Many fillings fail due to decay that has formed in areas that have broken down or in areas around the remaining tooth structure. Regular exams help to lengthen the life of your fillings by ensuring that there are no cracks or breakage occurring to the fillings or the surrounding tooth structure.
If you are having teeth pain or need a dental assessment, contact our office for a dental appointment – Coquitlam’s Altitude Dental has professional, friendly and caring staff to help you have the dental health you need and want. Or read more about other dental services available at Altitude Dental.