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If you have a filling, then you know there comes a time when you must replace it. It is not that they cannot stick it it out for a long time, lasting anywhere from 5 to 20 years depending on what kind of fillings you have and if you take good care of them.

Taking time to eat and drink is vital for you, but it does wear on your fillings, though this is included in the lifespan estimate. On the other hand, grinding and clenching your teeth increases the chances of an untimely demise. Also, tooth decay can move in under the fillings, usually if proper care is forgotten.

The question is how can you know if your fillings are wearing out or if tooth decay has slipped in around them? It is actually difficult to recognize these signs yourself, but our dentists can spot them and help you with them. Our dentists has the best chance of helping you if you visit them regularly.

Our dentists will typically start with a tool called an explorer. The explorer is used to locate any signs of wearing on the edges of your fillings. It is a harmless and pain free tool, so you need not be concerned about it.

After that, our dentists may take a few X-rays. If any decay has made it past your fillings, it should show up on the X-rays.

If they see anything problematic, the dentists should know how to deal with them. They can replace the filling, which is simple enough. They will also take steps to overcome any decay, so you can have healthier teeth.

If you ever have a problem with a filling, we can replace it here at Oasis Family Dental in McAllen, Texas. Drs. Garcia and Gortari are well-practiced with this, and will see to your comfort during the process. Just call 956-661-1000 to set up an appointment.