Can fillings fall out? How often do they need to be replaced?
Fillings are designed to replace parts of the tooth that have been removed due to decay. This replacement portion undergoes constant stress from chewing, grinding, and eating. Consequently, fillings occasionally need to be replaced at some point. If your filling falls out, do your best to retrieve it and bring it in to your emergency dental visit.
How often and whether or not fillings will need replacing depends on where they are located in the mouth, what material they are made of, and how well they are cared for. The best way to extend the life of your filling is to practice good dental hygiene every day, including brushing and flossing, and to honor your recommended biannual dental visit. During your exam, Dr. Ramsey can check for problems with your fillings that only a dentist can see.
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