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Does Your Dental Filling Need Replacement?

Dental Patient Roswell GA

Starting from a very young age, you learned that decay (or cavities) was the biggest threat to your oral health. While cavities aren’t the only dental health issue, they are certainly one of the most common – and they aren’t just for kids. Adults can suffer from tooth decay too. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 92% of adults have had at least one cavity in a permanent tooth.

With routine dental checkups, most cavities are caught early enough to be repaired with a simple dental filling. Fillings are an effective and long-term solution that can prevent the spreading of decay and help the tooth regain strength and integrity. Unfortunately, even modern day fillings can’t last forever. Not only can filings become damaged, but they can also wear down and reach an endpoint in their lifespan. Here’s some insight on if and when you can expect to replace your filling.

The Type of Filling Affects Longevity

While some fillings wear down quicker than others due to their location in your mouth or your oral habits (teeth grinding), the biggest contributing factor to your filling’s lifespan is the type of material used. Modern dentists typically see two main types of fillings: amalgam and composite. Each type has a specific expectation for how long it will hold up before it needs replacement.

Amalgam Fillings
This was once the only type of filling offered. Amalgam fillings are composed of a metal mixture that is silver in color. They are known for their high durability, and most amalgam fillings can last up to 15 years or more. However, these fillings do not blend in well with your smile. They also contain mercury, which is a reason why many patients want them replaced with a tooth-colored alternative.

Composite Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are the latest and most used type of filling. They do not contain metals. Instead, composite fillings are composed of a white glass and plastic mixture that can be seamlessly matched to your teeth shade. Composite fillings are also durable and generally last 10 to 12 years.

How Do I Know if My Filling Needs Replacement?

Keep in mind that a filling is designed to protect a compromised tooth. Therefore, if that protective barrier becomes damaged or wears down, your tooth is in danger. If you experience sensitivity or a change in the way your filling feels, contact your dentist promptly. It may be time to replace your amalgam or composite filling. Just like any dental work, however, you can maximize a filling’s lifespan by taking care of your teeth and gums. This includes routine brushing and flossing, regular visits to the dentist and not using your teeth to open bottles and packages. If you have a teeth grinding habit, make sure you wear a custom mouthguard to protect your filling from premature wear and tear.

Are your dental fillings in good condition? Call Dr. Mitzi Morris to find out. A weak or loose filling that is ignored can compromise your underlying tooth and lead to more costly dental work in the future.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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