Replacing Old Dental Restorations: Is it Necessary?

Having dental restorations checked regularly is important for both oral and overall health. Old dental restorations can be problematic and can leak, causing decay, which can lead to more serious problems.


How Old is Old?

Fillings can last between 7 and 15 to 20 years or more depending on the size and location and the type of dental filling material that the dentist used. It also depends on how well you have done with your oral hygiene.

Dental crowns and other restorations are the same. It really depends on how diligent you are with brushing, flossing, diet, and dental visits. If you take good care of your restorations, they may never need to be replaced, especially if you do not grind or clench your teeth.

Dental implants on the other hand can potentially last for the rest of your life. Of course, you must practice good oral hygiene if you want your dental implants to endure, as they too can be lost for various reasons.


Old Cosmetic Restorations

Porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental crowns, and other types of restorations have been around for well over a decade and like most things will begin to age. Cosmetic dental restorations that are stained, chipped, or cracked need to be repaired or replaced to avoid further damage.

If you would like to learn more about replacing old dental restorations, call and talk to a team member from Dr. Paul Shinto’s dental office in Pasadena today.