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Should I get my fillings checked regularly?

Many people feel that they should only go to the dentist when there is pain. However, problems may exist without any symptoms. During routine dental exams and cleanings, new decay or breakdown of existing fillings may be noted. There are many different kinds of filling materials. All dental fillings or restorations have an average life span. This life span is affected by both the provider's correct choice and placement of the materials as well as the patient's home care and maintenance. Patients who chew ice or gum or eat excessive amounts of candy and have poor home care will be more prone to new decay as well as early failure of existing fillings.

Romesh Nalliah
Dentist
It is a common misunderstanding that once a tooth is filled or crowned it won't get cavities again. This is false! In fact, a tooth with a filling or crown is more likely to get a cavity than a healthy natural tooth. Filled teeth have margins between the filling and the tooth -- this margin must be kept clean or it can accumulate bacteria and start to cavitate. Therefore, fillings (and all teeth) should be checked regularly by your dentist.
You should have your tooth fillings checked regularly by your dentist to prevent any further problems. Make sure to maintain good oral hygiene habits by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and seeing your dentist regularly.

Your dentist can x-ray your teeth and examine fillings for cracks or leaks (when the sides of the filling don't fit tightly against the tooth). When leaks develop, debris and saliva can seep down between the filling and the tooth and lead to decay. At home, check your fillings by feeling for a sharp edge and looking for cracks or missing pieces. 
It is important to visit your dentist regularly. Part of that routine visit will include a cleaning of your teeth and examination of your mouth, including any fillings, crowns, bridges or other dental work. By catching any problems early on, these can be treated and prevent any additional problems down the road. Routine check ups also help to keep your mouth and teeth healthy.
Your entire mouth should be checked regularly. Fillings can wear, break and deteriorate, and teeth can decay around fillings. If a tooth has a very large filling, the tooth itself may be prone to fracture, and a more secure restoration such as a crown may be indicated.

No restoration is guaranteed to last forever. Obviously even your natural teeth cannot be guaranteed to last forever without care, repair and restoration. Everything must be maintained and evaluated on a regular basis.
All teeth (with or without fillings) should be checked regularly.

Fillings can get cavities around and under them....so it is important to make sure they are in good shape.

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