My dentist says that I need to replace an old filling. My tooth doesn’t hurt. Why can’t I wait until it hurts to fix it?
You should never wait until it hurts. Not only are you guaranteed that the pain will occur at the most inconvenient time, but chances are that by waiting, the work needed to fix the tooth could be more extensive and costly. Fillings that are placed in your teeth directly by your dentist (both the silver and the white fillings) will not last forever. The average life span of an average sized silver filling is eight to ten years. Their ability to last is directly correlated to their physical strength, location and the wear they are exposed to in your mouth, with normal function. If you grind your teeth, you shorten the filling’s life span even more. So when your dentist says it’s time to replace fillings, don’t hesitate to make the change. The longer you wait, the more expensive and complicated the procedure becomes to restore your tooth back to comfort.